U.S. envoy calls Israeli leaders liars !!!!and states that "The Bush administration has given Israel permission to discuss the future of the Golan Heights, security arrangements and Israeli-Syrian peace accords if it agrees to talks with Syria"Mr. ambassador :Israel does not need your permission or your lame duck president to negotiate with Syria !!! HERE IS WHAT ISRAELI LEADERS SAID IN THE NOT SO DISTANT PAST,,,,, ON THE SYRIAN ISSUE: In past closed meetings, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has argued that U.S. President George Bush opposes talks between Israel and Damascus. Military intelligence leaders including former Military Intelligence chief, Major General (res.) Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash, and his successor, Major General Amos Yadlin, Former chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon were in favor. Ambassador we are not stupid neither are we ignorant !!!! Prof. Rabinovich is the president of Tel Aviv University, and in the past served as the Israeli ambassador in Washington and the head of the negotiating team with Syria. "Washington is signaling to Jerusalem that it does not want Israeli-Syrian negotiations to begin, but what about the opposite? " Yossi Sarid- FORMER MINISTER IN RABIN`S GOV. "Washington`s ridiculous policy, which it dictates to Israel,,,, Duty and responsibility, however, call for very serious consideration of the Syrian president`s talk of wanting a peace settlement; It is not fair for Washington to hitch Jerusalem to its faltering war machine...... " Former member of the Israeli team that negotiated with Syria in 1999 and in 2000 and cabinet press chief for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak,Gadi Baltiansky, calls on the need for urgent dialogue saying that citizens are prepared for change, but their leaders arent.,,,,,,,,,"Death is known ahead"if we do not negotiate with Syria now. Syria and Israel have a common interest in avoiding the establishment of another Islamic republic to replace the present Syrian regime. The world doesn't need another Iraq or Afghanistan. . Israeli General Amos Gilad, (Israeli Army Intelligence) warned Israel in November 1998 that without Syria?s involvement, a unilateral exit from Lebanon would be a failure. Israeli General Uri Sagi, (Israel Intelligence), repeated the same on July 18, 2006. A peace process with Syria could draw Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinians and other Arab and Muslim countries into a new dynamic of reconciliation with Israel. Israel should negotiate with Syria as it has an impact on the second Israeli front - the Palestinian Hamas. One should not forget that Chaled Mashal of Hamas is based in Damascus. Israel cannot ever reach an agreement with Hamas without Syria's blessing!! Israel should negotiate with Syria as it has an impact on the second Israeli front - the Palestinian Hamas. One should not forget that Chaled Mashal of Hamas is based in Damascus. Israel cannot ever reach an agreement with Hamas without Syria's blessing!! THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS DICTATING , AND FORBIDS ISRAEL, TO NEGOTIATE WITH SYRIA, BUT IF IT SERVES THEIR OWN INTEREST,,THAN THE U.S WILL NEGOTIATE WITH THE AXIS ...OF DEVIL HIMSELF,,,,,, During a recent visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded forcefully when the issue of Assad's call for a resumption of negotiations with Israel was raised. "It is best that you avoid even exploring this possibility," she said... So Mr. ambassador talk to your boss,,,and make sure Israel does not follow your ridiculous policy,if you have any !!!! Israel must not be seen as refusing peace. It makes sense to respond in a positive tone to Assad`s peace signals , to determine his intent.
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from the article: Foreign Ministry: Syria feels peace must wait for next U.S. president