Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said that he endorses Israel's Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the upcoming parliament (Knesset) elections. In an interview published Wednesday in Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Abbas said that Olmert's win would be a positive outcome. "We'll respect the will of the Israeli people," he told the paper, adding, "I hope Olmert wins."
"I know him well. I believe that with him we could work in a productive way," added Abbas.
In the interview, the Palestinian leader insisted that if Hamas wanted to govern the PA, it must recognize Israel and international law.