At the age of 63, just moments before his departure from premiership, Ehud Olmert has reached an extraordinary epiphany. In order to make peace with the Palestinians and the Syrians, Israel must withdraw from "nearly all the territories, if not all." As he told Yedioth Aharonoth in a holiday interview, even East Jerusalem must be given to the Palestinians.
Even the Israelis are admitting that it was the Palestinians, not the Israelis, who didn't have a true peace partner. Israelis are finally saying publicly what most have been saying privately for years - it was their leaders who were saying one thing in English and another thing in Hebrew when speaking about peace with the Palestinians