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Could Israel and Syria be on the verge of a breakthrough in their exchanges on the peace process? According to the pan-Arab satellite television station Al Arabiya, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has relayed to the Syrian President Bashar Assad, through French President Nicolas Sarkozy, an expression of interest on renewing peace negotiations.
The same report says that Netanyahu expressed willingness to withdraw from the Golan to the borders of June 4, 1967. Netanyahu also reportedly stressed that he is interested in a meeting with Assad, without preconditions.
The Prime Minister’s Bureau yesterday denied reports that Netanyahu had relayed a message to Assad. However, political sources in Jerusalem said yesterday that Netanyahu is also examining the possibility that France will replace Turkey as a mediator between Israel and Syria.
In recent days the Syrian president has made a number of declarations on peace with Israel. Earlier this week he warned that if negotiations fail this would lead to “resistance” as an alternative.
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Scott Ritter on C-Span 04 OCT 2009
Scott Ritter talks about the possible scenarios unfolding in the Middle East as the Obama administration, along with Russia, China, France, Germany and the U.K. engage Iran on it’s nuclear program during talks in Geneva…
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Op-Ed By Scott Ritter:
Keeping Iran honest
Iran’s secret nuclear plant will spark a new round of IAEA inspections and lead to a period of even greater transparency… “Rather than representing the tip of the iceberg in terms of uncovering a covert nuclear weapons capability, the emergence of the existence of the Qom enrichment facility could very well mark the initiation of a period of even greater transparency on the part of Iran, leading to its full adoption and implementation of the IAEA additional protocol. This, more than anything, should be the desired outcome of the “Qom declaration”.
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Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991-1998. He is author of Iraq Confidential and Target Iran and the forthcoming Dangerous Ground: America’s Failed Arms Control Policy from FDR to Obama.
Scheduled for early 2010 release
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