Was Olmert secretly preparing to make imminent withdrawals of checkpoints, such as the Gaza checkpoint which uncovered the explosive contraband (disguised as sugar from the EU), prior to Friday’s ambush of the IDF hikers who were on leave?
That is the critical question to be asked in light of the quote below. MB
“As long as the Palestinian Authority doesn’t implement the measures demanded of them, in the way which is demanded of them in order to act against terror organizations, the state of Israel will not be able to make any changes on the ground” : Ehud Olmert
Olmert: No Change Until PA Tackles Terror, by Rebecca Anna Stoil (Jerusalem Post)
Israel can take no steps to forward peace if the Palestinian Authority does not fulfill its obligations, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told ministers at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“As long as the Palestinian Authority doesn’t implement the measures demanded of them, in the way which is demanded of them in order to act against terror organizations, the state of Israel will not be able to make any changes on the ground,” Olmert said.
Unilateral action would “expose Israel to dangers and could bring about security problems,” Olmert continued. “We do not plan to compromise on these issues, and they will continue to be an integral part of any dialogue with the PA.”
On Friday, two off-duty soldiers, Pvt. Ahikam Amihai, 20, and Sgt. David Rubin, 21, were killed during a drive-by shooting attack near Kiryat Arba. The two managed to open fire on their attackers, killing one of them and seriously injuring another.
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Author’s note: Achikam Amichai’s father, HaRav Yehudah Amichai, is one of the heads of Mechon HaTorah VeHa’aretz who is the person most responsible for Otzar Ha’Aretz during this Shmitta year.