Rice hints US may agree to Israeli unilateral moves as Abbas congratulates Olmert
The United States on Thursday voiced openness to the possibility of unilateral moves by Israel to draw its final borders by 2010. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated the success of last year's Israeli withdrawal from Gaza Strip and the accession of Hamas to power had changed the equation in the peace process.
Rice said US officials had not discussed with Kadima's leader, Israel's Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, his plan of using Israel's wall along the West Bank to set its permanent border with or without an agreement with the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Thursday Olmert on winning the Israeli election.
In a phone call from Cape Town, Abbas wished Olmert to work with him for achieving peace for both Palestinian and Israeli peoples, WAFA reported.