Israel prepares for war, re/ Syria


Richard Moore

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Beilin: Israel Must Talk With Syria
10:41 Sep 25, '06 / 3 Tishrei 5767

( Israel should talk with Syria 
about surrendering the Golan Heights and reaching 
a peace agreement, Meretz leader Knesset Member 
Yossi Beilin told Voice of Israel government 
radio Monday morning.

He said an agreement with Syria would give Israel 
a diplomatic strategic advantage in the Middle 
East. MK Beilin explained that Israel would be in 
a better position to deal with the threat from 
Iran if there were a peace accord with Syria.

Original source URL:

Report: Syria calls for peace with Israel
Mon Sep 25, 2:34 AM ET

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in comments 
released Sunday that his nation wants "peace with 
Israel" and welcomed U.S. intervention in the 
region. But he also said Washington must listen 
to what people in the Middle East think if it 
wants positive change in the region.

At the same time, in an interview with Monday's 
edition of Der Spiegel weekly magazine, Assad 
blamed U.S. policies in the region for 
"contributing to hopelessness in our country, and 
to silencing the dialogue between cultures."

Only when the U.S. government considers the point 
of view of individual nations in the region will 
it be able to make progress, he was quoted as 

"America must listen," Assad said. "It must listen to the interests of others."

Assad compared Washington's approach to the war 
on terrorism to "a doctor constantly banging away 
at a tumor instead of removing it surgically."

"Terrorism is growing instead of declining," he 
said. "We both suffer from it, but the United 
States doesn't want to cooperate with us.

Assad also insisted that despite his close 
relationship with Iran, he said he does not 
necessarily share President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 
views on Israel.

"I don't say that Israel should be wiped off the 
map. We want to make peace - peace with Israel," 
Assad said.

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