Ehud Olmert: Israel War Could Have Ended Five Months Ago; Netanyahu’s Priorities Questioned

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert believes the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict should have ended months ago. In a recent interview, Olmert stated that Israel achieved its initial military goals and could have de-escalated the situation much earlier.

Olmert criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict, stating that while the war was inevitable, Netanyahu’s rhetoric and actions have been unnecessary and counterproductive. He pointed to Netanyahu’s declaration that Israel would leave Gaza in ruins as an example of incendiary language that only serves to escalate tensions.

Olmert also expressed concern about the lack of a political plan for the future of Gaza. He believes that Israel needs to develop a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the conflict and that this plan should include a commitment to a two-state solution. Without a political horizon, Olmert warned that the conflict will continue to fester and lead to further instability in the region.

In addition to his criticism of Netanyahu, Olmert also expressed skepticism about the International Criminal Court’s investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Israel. He argued that Israel has not committed war crimes and that the ICC’s investigation is politically motivated.

Olmert’s comments come as the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate. The fighting has claimed the lives of hundreds of people and displaced thousands more. The international community has called for a ceasefire, but there is little sign of a breakthrough.

The conflict has also raised questions about the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Olmert believes that a two-state solution is the only viable way to achieve lasting peace in the region. However, he acknowledged that the current political climate in Israel makes it difficult to envision a return to negotiations anytime soon.

Olmert’s interview offers a critical perspective on the Israel-Hamas conflict and the challenges facing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. His comments are sure to generate debate and discussion as the conflict continues to unfold.

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