Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that will never agree to pull out of all of the occupied
The statements of Olmert came as he was speaking to lawmakers at ‘s Parliament.
He added that is planning to withdraw from approximately 90% of the
"We’ll never agree to pull out of all of the territories, because the borders of 1967 are indefensible," he stated.
According to Israeli sources, in light of international opposition to further unilateral steps has begun to draft an alternative plan that would essentially convert Olmert’s unilateral convergence plan into a bilateral move carried out in concurrence with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The sources added that according to the plan now being drafted by Olmert’s Office and Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Israel would propose to Abbas that they reach an agreement to establish a Palestinian state with provisional borders in Gaza plus about 90 percent of the West Bank.
But the borders of the
is hoping that the convergence plan would be seen as an implementation of phase II of the Road Map Plan backed by the .
‘s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni confirmed to the Israeli Newspaper Haaretz that she told senior ministry officials last week that Abbas is not considered a partner for a final-status agreement, but “he could be a partner for other arrangements, on the basis of the road map’s phased process."
Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, said that he has decided to reexamine the route of the annexation Wall, especially around
The completed sections of the Wall are isolating residents in several area and barring them from reaching basic facilities, such as hospitals and educational institutions.
European Union envoy Mark Otte has also proposed evacuating isolated settlements in coordination with the PA, while giving the PA international guarantees that the border set by will not be the final border. But, the concrete 30 feet Wall is determining other facts on the ground.
Otte suggested in an interview with Haaretz that the Jordan-West Bank border should be out under European supervision, as was done with the Gaza-Egypt border, opening the
He added that could implement this program by direct talks with the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, without having to hold any talks with the Hamas-led Palestinian government.