In yet another twist to the Palestinian Peace Initiative, Israeli Prime Minister Olmert suggested today that the proposal might be a start of enotiations -- that is, as long as the Refugee issue, the status of Jerusalem, and other critical parts of the resolution are off the table.
The same country that just got their ass kicked by a group of irregulars in Lebanon still thinks that it rules the world. In the case of the refugees, Israel would not accept these back, as Voice of America reports, because allowing millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their former homes in Israel would flood the country with millions of hostile Palestinians, and that would be 'national suicide. ' Of course, the Palestinians have the prior right to the land, but that is irrelevent since Israel has a UN resolution that gives the land to them.
The same is true of withdrawl to the 1967 borders--another key Arab requirement--since that would force Israel to eliminate their illegal settlements on the land they stole from the Palestinians. Instead, the Israeli Government sees the Arab proposal as simply a 'start' to engotiations--the same stance they have had for years, and which is supported by the US.