US says NO to Israel-Syria talks
Tell Bush: Let’s Talk!

The U.S. is telling Israel “NO” to exploring talks with one of its Arab neighbors.  What’s pro-Israel about that?

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Over the past several months, Syrian President Bashar Assad and other Syrian officials have made overtures to Israel calling for renewed peace talks.  However, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has officially shunned these talks, citing strong opposition from the United States. 

And just last week, news reports indicated that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Israeli officials to hold off on even “exploratory contacts” with Syria, of the sort that would test whether Syria is serious in its declared intentions to hold peace talks with Israel. At the same time, recent polls demonstrate that the vast majority of Israelis, nearly 67%, believe that Israel should take Syria up on its offer to negotiate.

The U.S. should not stand in the way of peace. 
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While Syria continues to provide Hezbollah with arms, equipment, and safe passage into Lebanon, and safe haven to Hamas’ political bureau chief Khelad Meshal, these are not reasons to prohibit talks, but rather to encourage them.  As a senior Israeli security source told Haaretz in January, "There is no doubt that there is a movement within Syria that is interested in talks with us. The only way to gauge their level of seriousness is to talk to them.”

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More Resources on Israel-Syria peace negotiations:

Audio and Transcript of 2/21/07 conference call with Geoffrey Aronson on his involvement in a  series of secret meetings in Europe between September 2004 and July 2006,  in which Syrians and Israelis formulated understandings for a peace  agreement between the two neighboring countries.

U.S. takes harder line on talks between Jerusalem, Damascus, by Ze'ev Schiff, Amos Harel and Yoav Stern. Haaretz. Feb. 24 2007.

Closed-door policy, by Akiva Eldar. Haaretz. Feb. 26, 2007.

Military Intelligence officer: Syria serious about negotiations with Israel, by Gideon Alon. Haaretz. Dec. 25 2006.
           
Israelis seek peace with Syria, want to keep Golan. JTA. Dec. 20, 2006.


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