Israelis Should be Prepared to Evacuate West Bank, PM Facing Possible Charges
It's a one-two hit from Israel today, as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israelis must prepare to evacuate settlers from the West Bank as part of a future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
However, Olmert is under serious pressure from the cabinet and today the Israeli police recommended to the attorney generals office that Olmert be indicted on corruption charges, with reports he accepted $10,000 in bribes from an American businessman.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday that the government must begin preparing at once for the evacuation of settlers from the West Bank.
At the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Olmert said that Israel would likely have to uproot West Bank settlers as part of a future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
The decision about whether to indict Mr Olmert now rests with Attorney General Meni Mazuz.
Mr Olmert has already announced that he will resign later this month because of the multiple corruption investigations he is facing.
He has consistently denied all the accusations against him.
The ruling Kadima party is to hold a leadership vote on 17 September.