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Possible Israel-Syria Summit In 2008

Posted by Atilla89 on November 11, 2007

A Saudi newspaper, Al Watan has reported that in early 2008, a conference similar to the one that is going to happen at Annapolis with the Palestinians is going to happen between Syria and Israel, sworn enemies. The Syrians have made it clear that they would only be participating if the issue of the Golan Heights were going to be discussed. You can guess what they are going to discuss, peace in return for the Golan Heights, much like the Palestinians are saying for Annapolis, West Bank, Jerusalem, blah blah you know the rest. My opinion is this will be as pointless as Annapolis will be and Israel should just turn the offer down flat. Anyway, you can check out the article from the Jerusalem Post here.

At the beginning of 2008 there will be another international conference similar to the one which will take place in Annapolis in the coming weeks, except with a focus on Syria and Israel, the Saudi newspaper Al Watan reported on Saturday.

The report also quotes Palestinian sources as saying that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas convinced US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of the importance of Syrian participation in the upcoming Mideast summit, and that she in turn convinced Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The report went on to say that on Friday, Abbas sent an envoy to Damascus to discuss the developments.

However, Israel Radio reported that Syrian officials insisted they would only participate in the Annapolis conference if the issue of the Golan Heights was to be discussed. They added that they would not hinder Palestinian participation in any way.

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