Olmert: 'Real Progress' with P.A.

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said "real progress" has been made with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

In his remarks on the first night of the Presidential Conference marking Israel's 60th anniversary, Olmert told participants that Israel and the PA were holding "highly serious and significant" negotiations.

"There is some real progress and some important understandings have been reached in important areas, though not in all areas," he said, without further explanation.

Olmert said he's hopeful that the two sides would reach an agreement based on the US-backed road map for peace plan.

"That agreement will ensure the future of Israel as a Jewish state, with the full backing of the US and the international community," Olmert said.

In what may have been a veiled reference to his plan to open negotiations with Syria, Olmert said that a "peace agreement with other Arab countries is also very important to our future."

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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