Syria has stepped up after the US requested Arab help in funding the Palestinian Authority. Bush is threatening to cut off aid to the newly elected Hamas-government.
But he wants Arab governments to fund the authority, fearful of the chaos that might reign in the West Bank and Gaza if the Palestinian state collapses.
So which country was the first to say yes to Bush? Syria.
Syria wants to lead an Arab funding package.
Also today Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad met Hamas’s political chief Khaled Mishal, who is based in Damascus. Bashar has been under pressure to expel Mishal – but it seems that pressure will drop once the international community starts dealing with Hamas as a legitimate political force.