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Monday, May 21, 2007

Haaretz: U.S. policy shift may enable Israel to enter talks with Syria

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/05/haaretz-us-policy-shift-may-enable.html

The headline says "may enable."
 
The text says: "Washington has given Israel the green light to accept Syrian President Bashar Assad's call for peace talks, in a change of position accompanied by several preconditions."
 
It is interesting to note that previously Washington denied categorically that it barred Syria-Israel negotiations. The article states:
 
During a recent visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded forcefully when the issue of Assad's call for a resumption of negotiations with Israel was raised.
 
"It is best that you avoid even exploring this possibility," she said.
The whole logic presented is peculiar:
 
However, Washington has stipulated that Israel must not agree to any negotiations, even indirectly, on the United States' position, or on the future of Lebanon.
 
Furthermore, Israel must not make promises to Syria regarding U.S. policy. According to the new position, Washington will deal directly with Syria on these matters.
 
Syria's role in terrorism, the presence of terrorist organizations in Damascus and its involvement in smuggling weapons to Hezbollah and the Palestinian territories are currently issues which the U.S. is not discussing with Damascus.
 
Iran and its military connection with Syria is also not a topic that is open to discussion at present.
 
 On the one hand, it is absurd to assume that Israel would undertake to negotiate about US policy, or that Syria would believe any promises Israel might make. It is equally absurd however, to think that Israel would give up the Golan and still allow Syria to supply weapons to Hezbollah or house Khaled Meshal. U.S. position on these issues is not relevant. What were they thinking? All we can learn from this is that it illustrates the arcane complexity that results from Israel's total dependence on the US, which can be problematic when Israeli policy has to conform to imaginative and imaginary State Department notions about the Middle East.
 
Ami Isseroff

Last update - 12:29 21/05/2007   
 
By Ze'ev Schiff, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
 

Washington has given Israel the green light to accept Syrian President Bashar Assad's call for peace talks, in a change of position accompanied by several preconditions.
 
The Bush administration has given Israel permission to discuss the future of the Golan Heights, security arrangements and Israeli-Syrian peace accords if it agrees to talks with Syria.
 
However, Washington has stipulated that Israel must not agree to any negotiations, even indirectly, on the United States' position, or on the future of Lebanon.
 
Furthermore, Israel must not make promises to Syria regarding U.S. policy. According to the new position, Washington will deal directly with Syria on these matters.
 
Syria's role in terrorism, the presence of terrorist organizations in Damascus and its involvement in smuggling weapons to Hezbollah and the Palestinian territories are currently issues which the U.S. is not discussing with Damascus.
 
Iran and its military connection with Syria is also not a topic that is open to discussion at present.
 
During a recent visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded forcefully when the issue of Assad's call for a resumption of negotiations with Israel was raised.
 
"It is best that you avoid even exploring this possibility," she said.
 
Israel's government interpreted this as a firm American stance preventing Syria from taking advantage of talks with Israel to extricate itself from diplomatic isolation before fulfilling its obligation to control insurgents from crossing into Iraq, and before meeting the demands of the international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
 
In past closed meetings, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has argued that U.S. President George Bush opposes talks between Israel and Damascus.
 
Mossad chief Meir Dagan also opposed talks with Syria. However military intelligence leaders including former Military Intelligence chief, Major General (res.) Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash, and his successor, Major General Amos Yadlin, were in favor.
 
Former chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon raised the issue of talks with Syria in meetings with former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who rejected the proposal.
 
The American position changed due Syria's participation in the Arab League summit in Riyadh.
 
During the meeting of Iraq's neighbors, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem adopted a moderate position. Rice then held a private meeting with Mualem.
 
Rice intends to invite Syria as well as Palestinian representatives and Israel to an international summit on the Arab-Israeli conflict, according to a plan being drafted by the U.S. State Department.
 
If this occurs, the American position regarding possible talks between Israel and Syria will no longer be relevant.


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