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Levant Watch Bulletin No. 215 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Oytun Orhan   
Thursday, 05 June 2008


Compilation of Articles related to the Levant


Syria: Between Negotiations with Israel and the Iranian Axis - David Schenker (Institute for Contemporary Affairs/ Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Israelis reluctant to leave the Golan A peace deal with Syria will require Israel to relinquish the strategic annexed territory, but settlers say they will resist any move to end their cherished way of life
Oren The black channel and the White House As long as there are no Americans in the Israeli-Syrian story, there will never be any real progress in the negotiations between the two sides
Al Hayat Does the Hero Die?! Jameel Theyabi - For decades, Syria played to the tune of Arab nationalism, casting itself as the state of resistance and defiance. Some even raved that it was the Arab country that cemented Arab solidarity and resisted Israel
Analysis: Will Israel & Syria get serious? By CLAUDE SALHANI (UPI) -- Now that the "engagement announcement" has been made public, it remains to be seen if Israel and Syria will have the courage to go through with their rapprochement and if Damascus and Jerusalem will say "yes" to end the state of war that exists between their two countries and proceed to consummate the peace treaty
PM says Olmert requested Turkish mediation with Syria
SETA Turkey between Syria and Israel : Turkey ’s Rising Soft Power by Bülent Aras
Syrian Minister on Istanbul Talks With Israel, Lebanese Doha Agreement
BESA Why Time Is on Israel's Side - Efraim Inbar
NY Post Behind the Israel-Syria Talks - Amir Taheri Everyone had been dancing around the idea of Israel-Syria peace talks for at least a year. Why are they happening now? Will they get anywhere?
Joshua Landis Can a Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement Be Reached? - Council on Foreign Relations
Wall Street Journal How to Have Successful NegotiationsBy Dennis Ross Nonstate actors should not be given something (recognition) for nothing
The Golan Heights and the Syrian-Israeli Negotiations - Dore Gold (Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Ma’ariv Israeli Army Intelligence Gives Slim Chances to Peace Agreement With Syria
Ha’aretzIsrael-Syria talks 'put the Iranians in shock' Olmert says Israel made no promises to Syria, pledges renewed negotiations won't harm Palestinian front
Analysts: Syria-Israel Peace Deal Requires Shift in U.S. Policy
Ha’aretzIran reportedly irate over Israel-Syria peace talks Sources: Ahmadinejad 'unable to conceal disappointment'; Olmert: Talks won't harm Palestinian front
Sami Moubayed: Syria's Misguided Optimism
NY Sun The Syrian Mirage – Editorial
IDF: Substantial Peace With Syria Comes With Substantial Price for Israel
Arab Writer Says Syria's Allies Concerned Over Syrian-Israeli Talks
Trusting Syria on the Golan Heights - Yossi Klein Halevi
The Syrian Talks Aren't Serious - Barry Rubin
Hamas "Very Disturbed" over Syrian-Israeli Peace Talks
Israel Serious about Peace with Syria
ANALYSIS / Can Syria break its Iranian bear hug?
Jerusalem Post'Assad has priorities other than peace' Barak agrees with Syria talks; PM says negotiations "won't be made through papers' headlines."
What's driving Syria? [ DAVID KIMCHE
Syria Won't Trade Iran Ties for Israeli Peace
Los Angeles Times Who gets the Golan? By Yossi Klein Halevi Israel has no reason to trust Syria in talks over that strategic area. The Israeli mainstream, so the truism here goes, is so desperate for peace that, in the end, it will overcome misgivings over relinquishing territory and mistrust of Arab intentions and endorse any diplomatic initiative aimed at solving the Middle East conflict.
SYRIA: Israeli hopes for a Tehran-Damascus rift collapse
Syria's Assad Dismisses Israeli Demand on Iran
Syrian talks offer more than hot air Reaction to the tentative peace talks between Syria and Israel ranges from high optimism that an accord will be signed this year to skepticism that no deal can ever be brokered as long as the George W Bush administration remains cool to the idea. Beyond any tangible deal, though, the talks send a message from the Syrians to the Iranians, as well as to the wider world, that they want to move forward. - Sami Moubayed
Ha’aretzPeres: If Assad wants peace, he should come to Jerusalem
Syrian Mufti Says Damascus Wants Dialogue With West, Peace With Israel
Syria to Increase Military Cooperation with Iran
CRS “Syria: Background and U.S. Relations,” updated May 1, 2008.

National Review THE EDITORS: Hezbollah is proving to be a very capable and determined force in Lebanon, and a great danger to the wider world as well. “Cedar Losing
A look at Lebanon's new leader Did the Hezbollah-led opposition succeed in translating this month's military victory in Beirut into political gains? (By Firas Maksad, Boston Globe)
Lebanese Crisis Ends: Hizballah Victory or Temporary Truce?
Time A New Man for Lebanon's Old Puzzle
The Times Eastern Promises
Will the peace accord in Lebanon last longer than its predecessors?
ANALYSIS / Lebanon political quiet comes with heavy price Suleiman's election is not the product of a democratic compromise, but of Hezbollah's threats and violence
The Lebanese election / Hezbollah's victories
Profile: General Michel Suleiman
Having ensured the unity of the army during Lebanon’s political stand-off, the army commander was the only candidate acceptable to the country’s rival factions
Meet Michel Suleiman, Lebanon's Next President (Ya Libnan-Lebanon)
The Doha Agreement: Hezbollah's Second Rescue Raghida Dergham - Sharm El Sheikh -- The Doha Agreement between the Lebanese parties is a breakthrough that may be transformed into a decisive achievement if Qatar manages to build a relationship between the state and the organized groups, a relationship that rests on the following self-evident concept: there can be no multiplicity of security in any stable country
The Economist Lebanon The prospect of a wider peace If Lebanon's latest deal holds, why not bring in Syria and Israel?
Washingto Times New president rises on army's neutrality Military commanders often ride to power atop a tank. But in Lebanon, the key to army chief Michel Suleiman's rise to the nation's presidency has been keeping his men out of the fight
Barry Rubin / The Fall of Lebanon — “If you have tears, prepare to shed them now....
Hizbullah Employs Shock and Awe in Beirut - Borzou Daragahi (Los Angeles Times)
Hizbullah Awaits the Next Round in Lebanon
America should help Lebanon (By Gary Anderson)
Lebanon Peace for a while An agreement stops the fighting but has by no means settled things for good
Will the International Community Abandon Lebanon?
That's for the Lebanese people to decide. Shmuel Rosner
Al Awsat Nasrallah Does Not Represent Lebanon : Tariq Alhomayed
Militancy, hedonism coexist in duality of Lebanon
Hassan Nasrallah is trapping himself By Michael Young
Daily Star Lebanon needs a Cabinet, not a new forum for reckless rhetoric
Alive or dead Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has remained in hiding for two years, for fear of ending up like his operations chief.
Deal Imminent between Israel and Hezbollah By: Ulrike Putz Der SpiegelIsrael and Hezbollah are once again close to a deal that would bring two kidnapped Israeli soldiers back home. Details of the agreement, negotiated by a German middleman, indicate that the two might not still be alive
Lebanon’s Christians boosted by Doha deal A new electoral law agreed at the talks could give the Christians a pivotal role after next year’s parliamentary elections

New York Times DAVID BROOKS The Reality Situation We don’t understand the Iranians because the Iranians don’t understand themselves. Until they resolve their internal ambiguity, they won’t be able to make a strategic shift
Asia Times Now it's a blockade against Iran The call this week in a US media report for the George W Bush administration to drop its diplomatic efforts to get Tehran to freeze its uranium-enrichment program and instead mount a "month-long naval blockade of Iran's imports of refined gasoline" is as much a threat to Iran as it is to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. - Jim Lobe
Christian Science Monitor US-Iran regional power plays shift Iran's 'axis of resistance' may seem ascendant, but new chances for peace could redefine game in US's favor.
Asia Times A giant backward step on Iran The International Atomic Energy Agency's latest report on Iran - like previous ones - gives no evidence of safeguard breaches by Tehran in its nuclear program, that is, there is no move towards it making nuclear weapons. Yet the uncharacteristic - and sudden - negative tone of the report has played right into the hands of those who thirst in their desire to accuse Iran of nuclear proliferation. - Kaveh L Afrasiabi (
Guardian The road to peace in Iraq runs directly through Tehran
Jonathan Steele: Hysteria over this week's arms report is misplaced, and US attempts to cast Iran as the villain of the region can only backfire

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