"While prime minister, Olmert also held peace talks with the Palestinians and indirect talks with Syria.
Since leaving office, Olmert has said he offered the Palestinians a deal that would have seen Israel cede about 93.5 percent of the West Bank, along with Israeli territory to make up for the 6.5 percent of the West Bank land that Israel would retain. He also proposed international administration of east Jerusalem's most sensitive holy sites.
The Palestinians sought more West Bank land and demanded Palestinian sovereignty over a disputed hilltop compound that is home to Islam's third-holiest site, according to officials familiar with the talks. Palestinians say the proposals were under discussion when the talks were upended by the Gaza war and by Olmert's downfall. Negotiations have been frozen since Olmert left office." Yahoonews
I would like to see a list of the sites they were discussing. "International Administration?" What, the UN? The "hilltop" so strangely mentioned is the Temple Mount or the Haram al-Sharif, the site of; the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, the two temples (Solomon and Herod), the palace of the crusader kings, headquarters of the Templars, etc. It would seem to me that international rather than Palestinian control of such a place would be better. The Palestinians seem to have demonstrated once again that they have never seen a deal that they could not refuse.
The charges against Olmert seem rather "small bore" business. The suspicion arises that Olmert's venture into the hazardous world of the negotiators may have had something to do with his present legal problems.
And then, there was the Gaza War. Was Olmert the driving force behind that operation or was it a convenient way to de-rail negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas? pl