PLO's Saeb Erekat says talks have ground to a halt due to Israel's rejection of Palestinian requests to resume full security duties in Area A.15:16 03.05.16 | 0 comments
"Olmert has ruled out any negotiations involving Syria. Waste of electrons to speak of any agreement with Syria." - Mark L I haven't heard what the exact quote was, but Olmert probably ruled out negotiations with Israel. Sharon did this before him, and we are actually looking today at the price the Ostrich is paying. Bush himself has not offered to negotiate with Syria. As is his want, he put forward some demands on them. but being unable to apply any pressure, has sent the Saudis and Egyptians to speak with the Syrians. Considering that Hizballah is the ONLY leverage Syria has over Israel, the chances that Assad will agree to stop supporting Hizballah permanently are ZERO. The Saudi/Egyptian visit might result in some indirect negotiations with the US, such as: we will get Hizballah to have a cease-fire now and move to agreed upon lines (not too far) in return for forgetting Hariri or so. In the longer run, Syria will continue to support Hizballah, and hope for a replay.