"Our major precondition is that Syria end its involvement in terror against Israel. At the same time, it is unreasonable to believe that Syria will sever its ties with Iran." - Schiff All the doubters in Syria's sincerity towards peace should consider Papa (Hafez) Assad's intent. The peace process with him lasted some 8 years (Under Rabin through Barak), when it became clear to all that he was very sincere. He was about to formulate the agreement (in Shepherdstown (Jan. 2000) when Barak became hesitant and tried to prolong the process. We could have had a peace agreement with Syria. Hafez Assad died in June 2000, and Sharon came to power in Feb. 2001. Since then, the peace process ended because of ISRAEL, not Syria. If Papa Assad wanted to go for peace, so does Baby Assad. All the considerations of the doubters were valid in Papa's days, so better spend your time figuring out why they are not valid. Indeed, Syria's position became weaker in recent years, such as losing their hold on Lebanon, the Hariri murder, and strong US animosity. Their desire for peace with Israel could only grow stronger. Of course, one should check out the intent in any case, but the presumption is that they do want peace. The one valid point Schiff has is quoted above. Syria needs Iran for protection against the US, and for financial aid. The US can easily replace Iran in this matter. For this, the US must be involved. Fortunately, Dumbya seems to be goaded by his failures into finally talking with his opponents (about Iraq). Once the prohibition is lifted, Israel should convince Bush that pulling Syria out of the Iran orbit will put an end to militant Hizballah and reduce Iran's influence in the area. Good for all, and worth paying for.
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