Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Syria, Israel and the forgotten Street

Rafi Dajani of ATFP sends this item: In Asharq Alawsat (pan-Arab) former editor-in-chief Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed urges Israel and the U.S. to test Syrian intentions by resuming negotiations from where they last left off between Israel and Syria

SYRIA, ISRAEL AND THE FORGOTTEN PEACE Editorial : Asharq Alawsat (Pan-Arab) June 12, 2007

I do not know if Ehud Olmert, given his weak state, can be the Israeli leader capable of initiating peace talks with Syria. But what is for certain is that the time has come to give it a try. Syria is up to its ears in very grave regional problems while Israel today, from a security standpoint, is weaker than ever before. Since the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin, observers concerned with the matter realize that peace between Tel Aviv and Damascus is more likely and easier to achieve, despite the repeated failures since Madrid in 91, followed by the negotiations in 1993, and finally the Maryland negotiations. But since the Geneva meeting between the late President Hafez al Assad and former American President Bill Clinton in 2000, everyone sensed that Syria was ready [for peace] but that Israel was reluctant. There were no further negotiations since the death of President Assad; however talks in the past had led to crucial understandings that could enable a peaceful future if indeed both sides were sincere.


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