No Peace with the Present Regime in Damascus

[Ynet News] Guy Bechor - Syria is an important neighbor of Israel. When there is democracy there, when the Syrians understand the meaning of peace and drop their demands for territory when they have no intentions of establishing peace, then we will have peaceful relations with them. But with the current Alawite minority regime, which is responsible for the cruel death of tens of thousands of Syrians in Hama in 1982, the murder of prisoners in Tadmor jail, the murder of dozens of Lebanese leaders and politicians, the fierce anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement over many years, and which is responsible for the murder of Lebanon's prime minister, with people like this, we are not interested in any form of dialogue. Syria does not have peaceful relations with any Arab state. At best, its relations with its neighbors range from hostility to mutual dislike. Syria's relations veer from hostile to cool with Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the PA - so why with Israel? The writer is head of Middle Eastern Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

2007-08-31 01:00:00

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