September 29, 2010
Can the U.S. Revive Israeli-Syrian Peace Talks?
Washington Institute, Washington Institute
On September 27, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conferred with her Syrian counterpart Walid Mouallem on the sidelines of a UN meeting in New York. And two weeks earlier, U.S. peace envoy George Mitchell met with President Bashar al-Asad in Damascus. This latest flurry of diplomatic activity seems aimed at convincing Syria to abstain from playing a spoiler's role in renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. To strengthen its hand, Washington is floating the prospect of a U.S.-led "comprehensive peace" that would include Syria and Lebanon, contingent on Asad constraining Syrian-based Palestinian rejectionist groups.
Indeed, Israel may be amenable to resuming a U.S.-sponsored peace track with Syria in the near future if Damascus can keep Hamas and others from interfering with...
TAGGED: Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Islamic Republic of Iran, United States, Turkey, Damascus, Washington, New York, Hizballah, Hamas, International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, George Mitchell, Bashar al-Asad, Hillary Clinton, Walid Mouallem