If I did not read this with my own eyes I could not believe it. Give up the Golan? Olmert is the enemy I tell you. He is Israel's worst nightmare. Fear not the Islamic jihad, fear the Jewicidals. Reuters is reporting that Israel tells Syria willing to return Golan.. But it is not Israel, it is Olmert.
According to a poll in the Maariv yesterday, 74 per cent of Israelis do not believe that Syria wants peace with Israel and 48 per cent oppose a resumption of peace talks concerning the Golan, compared to 45 per cent in favour.
Only 10 per cent supported a full withdrawal from the Golan, as demanded by Syria. More here.
The poll found that 47 per cent expect war with Syria in the next year, while 37 per cent do not, and 76 per cent think Israel would win such a war.
THE Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has sent secret messages to Syria offering to discuss handing back the Golan Heights in return for a comprehensive peace agreement, an Israeli newspaper reported yesterday. A peace agreement with assasins? A peace agreement with your mortal enemy? Giving up strategtic high ground to savages? It is not Olmert's to give. IT BELONGS TO ISRAEL.
Citing "a senior political source", the mass daily Yedioth Ahronot said Mr Olmert had conveyed his offer to the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, via "the leaders of Germany and Turkey" and their intelligence services, after discussing the offer with the US President, George Bush, several weeks ago.
In return for withdrawing from the strategic highlands, Israel wants Syria to gradually end its alliance with Iran, its support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, and its backing for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, both of which maintain headquarters in Damascus.
The understanding being Syria is going to throw in with the Jews and abandon Iran.? The Arabs are going to throw in with the Jooooooos? And this on the 40th anniversary to the six day war.
We have lost our minds.
UPDATE READ GLICK. Now. Israel cannot count on America. America screws her friends. FACT. Israel is responsible for Israel.
First, the Americans are pressuring the Olmert government to agree to Palestinian Authority and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas's request to bring millions of bullets, thousands of Kalashnikov assault rifles, RPGs, antitank missiles and armored personnel carriers into Gaza from Egypt.
The Bush administration is not just asking Israel to facilitate the arming of its enemies. It is also placing restrictions on Israel's ability to arm itself. As The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday, the Pentagon has yet to respond to Israel's request to purchase the F-22 stealth bomber. Moreover, the US seems to be torpedoing Israel's acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Pentagon recently voiced its objection to Israel's plan to install Israeli technology in the jets that are to be supplied starting in 2014. Israel's installation of its own electronic warfare systems in its F-16s and F-15s is what has allowed the IAF to maintain its qualitative edge over Arab states that have also purchased the aircraft.
THE ADMINISTRATION'S display of hostility toward Israel is unfortunately not an aberration. It is the result of a policy shift that occurred immediately after the Republican Party's defeat in the Congressional elections in November.
After the defeat, the administration embraced former secretary of state James Baker's foreign policy paradigm, which is based on the belief that it is possible and desirable to reach a stable balance of power in the Middle East.
As Baker sees it, this balance can be reached by forcing Israel to shrink to its "natural" proportions and assisting supposedly moderate and stable states like Egypt and Saudi Arabia to grow into their "natural" proportions. Once the states of the region (including Syria and Iran, which Baker wishes to appease) have settled into their proper proportions, stability will be ensured.
Sooner or later the US will pay a price for the Bush administration's decision to embrace the delusion of stability as its strategic goal. With jihadist forces growing stronger around the globe, if the Americans leave Iraq without victory, there is no doubt that Iraq (and Iran and Syria) will come to them.
But whatever the consequences of America's behavior for America, the price that Israel will pay for embracing Baker's myths of stability will be unspeakable.
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