|Israel Resource Review
||28th August, 2008
Olmert's Attempt to Subvert Democratic Process in Talks with Palestinians
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
"The president of the United States will adopt the wording, the world with
adopt it, the European Union, also the Arab world. We can tell the Israeli
People that this is what can be achieved after long years of negotiations
and the Nation will decide."
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on reaching a deal with Abbas before he leaves
Source: Maariv correspondent Ben Caspit 22 August 2008
And on what basis would the "Nation decide"?
On the basis of the merits of the deal?
On the basis of the consequences of rejecting what Olmert hopes to transform from simply the rejection of a proposal to rejection of something already adopted by the entire world.
So here we are, at what, if Olmert succeeds, could be the most critical
decision in Israeli-Palestinian relations, and a man who would not even be
in office today if AG Mazuz was doing his job, is doing everything in his
power to effectively deny the Nation their right to choose.
This reckless exercise in hubris should be rejected for the gross violation
of a genuine democratic process that it is.
The reaction of those who claim to champion democratic value - be they
politicians, commentators, or NGO's, should serve as a litmus test of their
true commitment to democracy.
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