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Olmert says Israel facing unprecedented isolation
Published Sunday 09/12/2012 (updated) 10/12/2012 11:14
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert said on Saturday that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu was taking Israel into unprecedented isolation with its policy on Jewish settlements.

He singled out Israel's recent announcement that it would build new settlement homes in the E1 corridor near Jerusalem. The plan has sparked international protest.

Olmert said such plans had been around for years. But making the announcement days after the United States sided with Israel against the Palestinians' successful bid for de facto statehood recognition by the UN General Assembly was a slap in the face to Israel's main ally.

"Bibi Netanyahu," he said, using the prime minister's nickname, "is isolating Israel from the entire world in an unprecedented way, and we will pay a high price in every facet of our lives, and the Israeli public should know it."

The settlement plans have provoked worldwide condemnation, with the United Nations, the United States and the European Union all voicing criticism of the project which they see as complicating any attempts at peace with Palestinians.

In Berlin this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Netanyahu to avoid "one-sided moves".

Olmert, speaking on Israel's "Meet the Press", said he did not embark on a widely expected bid to run in Israel's upcoming January election due to a lack of unity in the center-left bloc, as well as lingering legal troubles.

A former head of the centrist Kadima party, Olmert was in July largely cleared of corruption charges that had forced him from office in 2008.
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1 ) Julie / USA
09/12/2012 05:33
oh come on Olmert! you know as well as the rest of us how greatly izrael prides itself in being the #1 world champion in SELF-DELEGITIMIZATION!!!!

2 ) and what was it / until now???
09/12/2012 05:37
how many pro israel decisions did the UN pass in the last 60 years???

3 ) last 60 years was / fantastic support
09/12/2012 09:11
for israel hundreds of UN resolution FOR ISRAEL passed during that time

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
09/12/2012 14:43
While at the same time Palestine is confronted with a new era of leaderlessness hopelessness and despair. There is no hope of Hamas wanting peace more than it wants war; meaning there is absolutely no hope for Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, meaning there is no hope of a peace treaty with Israel, meaning there is no hope to the end of the conflict, meaning there is nothing for the Palestinians to look forward to. No end to unemployment.No economic growth. No state. Hamas rules. Palestinians lose.

5 ) Kevin K / USA
09/12/2012 18:35
The world has opened it's eyes to the lie which is Israel !!

6 ) Hi jen / Us
09/12/2012 19:02
You will never solve this problem. It is beyond your ability to solve. It is like asking an ant to move a train.

7 ) BornFree&Equal / Scotland
09/12/2012 20:10
Brian - Israel has no peace plan. Indeed, the more settlements the less chance of peace. Israeli policies are leading to a single state - meaning full voting rights for Palestinians. Is this what Israel wants? The 2002 Arab Peace Plan spells out what the Palestinians would accept. Why doesn't Israel accept it?

8 ) Willie / USA
09/12/2012 20:22
There will never be peace on this planet as long as zionist apartheid israel exists.

9 ) Mike / USA
09/12/2012 22:13
Assimilation is not what Israel wanted anyway. If assimilation was in the best interest of the world Jewish population, there would be no need for Israel to exist.

10 ) Darwin / Canada
09/12/2012 22:56
Uranus, a planet without a people for a people without a planet.

11 ) Reader / from Edmonton
09/12/2012 23:32
Pro Israel Decision #1: Israel recognised as state within 1947 UN-defined borders. But it's been somewhat downhill since then.

12 ) Carlos / usa
10/12/2012 01:55
Boycott, Divest and Sanction israel. No more Intel chips in my computer. I have talked my gluten free relatives to buy US instead of israeli products. We will complain to our representatives and it takes a long time to turn the US boat but it is happening. israel should make peace while it has a chance.
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