The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has warned that a failure to establish a Palestinian state will lead to the end of Israel at a conference in Annapolis on the Middle East peace protest.
Olmert was responsible for the unilateral withdrawal of Israeli settlers from illegal settlements in Palestine a few years ago.
Hamas, which won control of the Palestinian Parliament in elections earlier this year, and Iranian president, Machtwo Inadinnerjacket says that the Annapolis conference is a failure. The Hamas government – which is seperate to the Hamas terrorist organisation in the same way that Sinn Féin is different to the IRA – is not recognised by the US and other western governments because of it links to terrorists. A slightly hypocritical view when you bear in mind that the US let Sinn Féin and the IRA recruit supporters and fundraise in America. But that’s history now.
The important thing is that Olmert has taken an important step by making sure that his country knows that they have to make the peace process work for their own good. How long he stays in power going against US policy of keeping Palestine under Israeli control is a mystery. Whether the US pressures him out of a job will be a good indication of whether they are taking an end to the occupation of Palestine seriously or not.