An Open Letter to Ehud Olmert

Dear Mr. Olmert,

I am writing you in the hope that you will take time from your busy schedule as Israel’s acting Prime Minister to hear one Palestinian’s hopes.

Even though your ascension to the position of Prime Minister came in an awkward way because of Ariel Sharon’s stroke, I believe that you have an opportunity to be part of a historic reconciliation. While I am sure you will insist that you are going to follow in the political legacy of Sharon, you have some important advantages with Palestinians that Sharon did not have.

The first advantage is that you’re not burdened with Ariel Sharon’s negative image among Palestinians and Arabs. Having been the mayor of Jerusalem for 10 years, you know the situation of Palestinians close up.