Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Tuesday that a Palestinian uprising could be imminent but stressed that despite the mounting tension, the opportunity for peace is still viable.
"We are on the verge of a third intifada," he said at a Bar Association conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. "I don't know what will spark the great conflagration."
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Olmert noted the escalating violence in the West Bank and expressed concern that the Palestinian security forces could go rogue.
"They are deeply frustrated and feel that their leaders, whom they feel are adopting policies of appeasement, will eventually forsake them," he said. "Their situation is unbearable."
Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that there is still an "opportunity for peace. I've spoken with them and heard them, so I know."
Referring to the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a non-member observer state, Olmert stated that "a battle at the UN is preferable to acts of terrorism and bus bombings."
"If we continue to refuse (peace), we will be dealt a painful blow that will affect all aspects of our lives," he added.
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