Olmert Politicizes Rabin Memorial

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JERUSALEM, Israel - At a graveside memorial service Monday for slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert elaborated on his recipe for peace.

"We must relinquish Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and return to the territory that comprised the State of Israel until 1967, with the necessary amendments stemming from the realities created on the ground," Olmert told family and friends gathered to mark the 13th anniversary of Rabin's assassination.

Olmert's remarks were repeated on Israeli news broadcasts and Internet sites, along with the response by political leaders who oppose his perspective and criticized the setting for his remarks.

"It was inappropriate. It's a pity that there are those who would exploit Rabin's memory to advance an irrelevant agenda," said Shas party chairman Eli Yishai.

"I have to tell you, it was terribly hard to listen to a man who is a symbol of a failed and corrupt government, who is trying to preach about morality and the future of the Middle East," Likud MK (member of Knesset) Yuli Edelstein said. "It was pathetic," he said.

Likud MK Yuval Steinitz said Olmert "made it impossible for Israelis to mourn together."

And MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) said, "instead of giving up land, we should give up Olmert."

"Rabin is turning over in his grave," said National Religious Party chairman MK Zevulun Orlev, "after Olmert outflanked him on the left."

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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