Former PM Olmert Stumps for Abbas


Disgraced former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert stumped for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, calling him “a man of peace.”

Olmert and Abbas held a long-awaited joint press conference on the sidelines of the U.N. in New York shortly after Abbas blasted President Donald Trump’s peace plan before the Security Council, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“He is a man of peace,” Olmert said of Abbas. “He is opposed to terror. He is the only partner that we can deal with.”

Olmert was imprisoned on corruption charges after resigning his office in disgrace. Abbas, an antisemite and Holocaust denier, turned down a generous peace offer from Olmert during the latter’s tenure in office.

Offering a small caveat, Olmert said, “The Trump plan repeats one basic principle which is the starting point for everything, a two-state solution. I hope that the Palestinian side and the President and his chief advisor Saeb Erekat will not ignore that there is a commitment for a two-state solution in the plan.”

Abbas threw cold water on such an idea, saying the plan “can’t be the basis for negotiations, this is why it was rejected not just by us but by the international community.”

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