NO to Israel-Syria talks
The U.S. is telling Israel “NO” to
exploring talks with one of its Arab neighbors.
What’s pro-Israel about that?
Tell President Bush: Let’s
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
The U.S. should not stand in the way of
Tell Bush, Let’s Talk!
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.”
Tell President Bush: Let’s
More Resources on Israel-Syria
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
takes harder line on talks between Jerusalem, Damascus, by
Ze'ev Schiff, Amos Harel and Yoav Stern. Haaretz. Feb.
policy, by Akiva Eldar. Haaretz. Feb. 26, 2007.
Intelligence officer: Syria serious about negotiations with
Israel, by Gideon Alon. Haaretz. Dec. 25
seek peace with Syria, want to keep Golan. JTA.
Dec. 20, 2006.
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