Saturday, March 15, 2008

Report: Syria wants 'public' peace talks with Israel

"Syria has recently relayed a message to Israel conveying the county's interest in peace talks with Israel, but on the condition that talks will be held openly and not under fire, Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Saturday.

According to the report, Damascus passed the message on to Israel via Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to the newspaper report, the Syrians demand a series of conditions in that message that must be fulfilled before it will commence a peace process, the first of which is the condition that talks will not be held "under fire." The Syrians explained that by "under fire" they do not mean an armed conflict between Israel and Syria, but rather the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Another Syrian condition is that the talks be held publicly, and accompanied by Israeli gestures to assure the Syrians that they are ready to withdraw from all "occupied Arab territories," Al-Akhbar reported.

A third condition, according to the report, is that Israel hold simultaneous diplomatic talks with Lebanon and the Palestinians alongside peace talks with Syria.

However, "knowledgeable" sources told Al-Akhbar that Damascus estimates that the United States isn't interested in Israel holding talks with Syria, and will act to prevent such talks from taking place....."

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This is all very reminiscent of Sadat's early moves towards Israel; Bashar Rabbit wants to cut a deal, plain and simple.

Syria's so far timid moves bring to mind the Arabic expression likening the Rabbit's behavior to a woman interested in sex, but being afraid of getting pregnant.

Go for it Bashar! Don't worry, Olmert will use a condom.

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