The Syrian Talks Aren't Serious

[Jerusalem Post] Barry Rubin - There isn't going to be a Syrian-Israeli deal. Both sides know it, yet have good reason to be seen talking. If Syria is ready to move away from Iran, stop backing terrorist groups, be ready to make full peace with Israel and meet other conditions (limiting forces in the Golan Heights, early warning stations, etc.), the talks can advance. When this doesn't happen, the talks will either collapse or enter a long slow-motion process. The idea that Syria wants real peace, will recognize Israel, move away from Iran, abandon Hamas or Hizbullah, and cease terrorist meddling in Iraq is the purest nonsense. All these steps are against the regime's vital interests. The writer is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at IDC Herzliya.

2008-05-26 01:00:00

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