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Saturday, November 21, 2009

'Negotiations,' Syrian style

At a meeting in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that he is only willing to 'negotiate' with Israel if he is guaranteed in advance that the 'negotiations' would lead to Israel giving the entire Golan Heights to Syria. Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Sarkozy that he wished to negotiate with the Syrians without preconditions.
Assad said that talks without preconditions were "unacceptable," and that he expected the full return of land and rights before he would begin any peace talks.

"This is where talks begin from. The result of the talks is peace; if you want peace then the result will be peace," Assad said.


During the meeting with Sarkozy, Assad questioned Israel's will to restart peace talks and suggested that a summit meeting between the two enemy states would be useless.

Assad welcomed renewed indirect discussions mediated by Turkey, but appeared to dismiss suggestions of a direct meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"If Mr. Netanyahu is serious, he can send his teams of experts, we will send our teams of experts to Turkey. They can then talk, if they are really interested in peace," Assad said.
What does Assad propose to actually negotiate? The shape of the table?


At 2:23 AM, Blogger Neshama said...

I view this skunk as being highly unpredictable and dangerous.
Do they think because Obama is unfriendly to Israel that Israel is afraid of Obama?
What is the point of negotiations if you demand your results before even agreeing to negotiate: what does negotiate mean to them?
Hashem should give Netanyahu greater courage and wisdom to stand strong and by his deeds show these bandits that Hashem's children are home and intend to stay there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 3:41 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Syrian take on "negotiations": give it all up - or else. No one needs to know the "else" they have in mind.


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