January 17, 2007

NEGOTIATING WITH A REGIME THAT DOESN'T REPRESENT ITS PEOPLE IS ESPECIALLY POINTLESS:

Syrian, Israeli backdoor talks now emerging: Hizbullah's growing threat may drive Israel to fashion a peace deal with Syria (Ilene R. Prusher, 1/18/07, The Christian Science Monitor)

Proponents of talking see Damascus as holding the key to reining in Hizbullah, stopping the flow of arms from Iran into Lebanon, and sizing down the tactical might of Hamas, whose most powerful Palestinian figure, Khaled Mashal, resides in the Syrian capital.

And ever since the end of the brutal war last summer in Lebanon, opinion-makers here have been trying to point the nation's compass for compromise in the direction of Syria. Only a deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, some analysts say, can prevent Israel from finding itself in another war with Hizbullah.


The obvious point there is that Israel's real war is with Damascus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2007 9:15 PM
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