November 25, 2007


Syria wants Golan Heights on talks agenda (Carolynne Wheeler, 25/11/2007, Daily Telegraph)

America has given tacit approval to separate peace talks between Israel and Syria immediately after Tuesday's landmark Middle East summit in Annapolis, Maryland.

Diplomats believe that Syria's expected participation in the meeting to be chaired by Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, signals a likely resumption of direct talks between the country's Ba'athist regime and the Israeli government, for the first time in more than a decade.

Syria had insisted that the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, seized from its control in the 1967 war, be on the table for discussion as a precondition for taking part in the summit.

The Golan for "peace" has been cooked in the books since Israeli intelligence declared the Heights weren't necessary to national security several years ago. The problem, for us, is that Israel's fundamental interest is in stability while ours is in liberty for the Syrian people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2007 6:49 AM
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