Friday, July 27, 2007

Olmert Seeks Direct Talks With Syria

Is Syrian President Basher Assad playing the field or playing for time? Is he fighting for legitimacy? What was discussed with Syria during the recent meeting with Iran's President,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the unexpected visit by Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah? Lure Israel into a trap by suggesting peace? Or were they all scared by Syria's public peace overtures? The arms smuggling via Syria is a fact known by the UNIFIL (UN) forces, yet little can be (is) done with this knowledge. Recently, Russia has committed to selling 250 Long Range bombers to Iran. Why do they need so many Long Range bombers?

It appears Hafez
al-Assad and Ehud Barak had many particular details pinned down (agreed) in 2001 for the illusive withdraw (peace). Or did they? What are the issues now?

Recently, "...
Assad said he would be willing to send someone to the country, but would not hold direct talks with Israelis."

How does one make peace with some one who will not talk to you?

Olmert Seeks Direct Talks With Syrias

Barak Interview:

Economic Blog on the Middle East by MEMRI


Operating under the context of economic advancement as opposed to all of the Bad news that comes out.
Where have they been?

Tensions mount between Palestinians

Unemployment rate: 35.4 %
Number of Palestinians employed in Israel: 0
Two-thirds of households live below the poverty line
(Source: UN, May 2007)

Will Hamas and Fatah speak? Many Fatah commanders were killed during the "liberation" of Gaza.
Israel's involvement should be Humanitarian.

Israel must be the bigger partner to peace ...

Monday, July 23, 2007

Hezbollah Threatens Syria

IS it true that the link between Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran is in trouble?

The official maintained that Syria is seen by both Iran and Hezbollah as the "weakest link" in their ties, which may break away from them should that be in its interest. However, the official emphasized that "at any given time" there are Iranian and Hezbollah representatives in Syria to coordinate their actions.

On Saturday, the London-based Arabic language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported that Damascus and Tehran had signed a strategic cooperation agreement during Ahmadinejad's visit to Syria late last week. The report describes the cooperation between the countries as including military, economic, scientific and technical aspects...