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Olmert hints: Israel operates everywhere against terror
Amid reports of aerial strike on arms convoy in Sudan in January, PM says 'Israel operates wherever it is possible to harm terror infrastructure.' On peace process: I presented Abbas with unprecedented offer and asked him to sign. That was six months ago; I'm still waiting

"Israel operates wherever it is possible to harm terror infrastructure in a way that increases our deterrence," outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday amid reports that in January, a weapons convoy in Sudan that was carrying weapons intended for Hamas was struck by the Israeli Air Force.

 

Earlier in the day Sudanese officials confirmed the reports of the attack, but stopped short of saying who carried it out.

 

Speaking at a political marketing conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Olmert said "there is no point in going into details, and everyone can use their imagination. Those who need to know – know."

 

Addressing the Syrian president's statement according to which Israel had already agreed to withdraw from the Golan Heights in the framework of a peace agreement, the PM said "I don't want to get in an argument with Bashar Assad over how close we were to signing a peace agreement. They know that I am aware of what we must give up in order to achieve peace. Had they realized what is required of them, perhaps the gap between us could have been narrowed.

 

"We must push for a solution, and it is possible to make Syria understand what it must do for the sake of peace," Olmert continued, "to achieve peace, with all of the geopolitical changes it would entail, we'll be forced to make a painful, heart-breaking concession that will be extremely difficult to execute."

 

As for the Palestinians, the PM said that at some point during the negotiations he had presented President Mahmoud Abbas with "an unprecedented offer that touched on all of the core issues."

 

"I told him (Abbas), 'come and sign'. That was half a year ago. I'm still waiting."

 

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