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Friday, July 29, 2016

Report: Assad tried to cut a deal with Netanyahu, used Putin as emissary

A Lebanese and a Kuwaiti report indicate that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asked Russian President Putin to deliver a message to Prime Minister Netanyahu when Assad and Netanyahu visited Moscow a few days apart last month.
Putin and Assad  reportedly discussed the crisis in Syria as well as the possibility of a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel, including the Golan Heights, Al-Joumhourireported, however the Kremlin denied the report.
According to Johnny Munir, Al-Joumhouria newspaper reporter , the Assad Putin meeting focused on the US Russia plan which will be revealed in early August. In addition they reportedly  discussed the Bill Clinton Israeli Syrian peace  plan which will reportedly  form  the basis of the future Israeli Syrian  comprehensive peace plan.
Meanwhile Kuwait Newspaper “Al Jareeda ” reported that Assad sent a letter to Netanyahu ahead of his meeting with Putin in which he vowed to keep the Golan heights free of any arms  and to continue to honor the ceasefire between the 2 countries ”
“Help me to succeed in controlling my areas and I will guarantee security and peace for Israel in Golan on condition you don’t side with any party that wants to topple my regime ” , the daily quoted Assad as saying.
I'm sure the Kremlin denied it because Netanyahu told Putin that this just isn't happening.  You might recall that the Bill Clinton plan for an Israeli - Syrian peace agreement called for Israel to come down from the Golan Heights to within a few feet of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). That wasn't good enough for Assad who wanted to be on the eastern shores of the Kinneret.

Today, no one in Israel regrets that deal did not happen.

Assad's assurances are worthless, both because he cannot be trusted and because his government is and will remain forever unstable.

Assad offered nothing new. There will be no deal in any of our lifetimes.

By the way, note who is missing from this story: The Americans.

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