Israel feels like it has regained its honour, lost after last year’s defeat.
Days after the attack on Syria this month, Israel said it would drop pre-conditions on peace talks. No longer, it said, would Syria need to end support for Hizbollah and Hamas.
Now America has invited Syria to wide-ranging Middle East peace talks.
The time has never been better for Syria.
Syria has been asking for peace talks for the past seven years. Again and again Israel ignored the calls. Recently there has been pressure in Israel for Bashar’s intentions to be tested, for Israel to dip its toes in the water. But America held Israel back.
Now America is itself asking Syria to talk.
And what is Syria doing? On Israel – it says ‘no chance’, not after an attack. And on America – the summit is useless unless there are clear aims.
Throwing away the chance of a generation. And it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see where this is coming from. Have a look at who in Syria is giving these juicy quotes. Not the Foreign Minister, not the President’s office. But Vice-President Farouq Ash-Sharaa.
It’s time for a new generation.