By Ted Belman
Senator Arlen Specter returned from Syria and reported,
“Syrians and Israelis are in a position to proceed to have a peace treaty,”
“The parties are going to have to continue talks through intermediaries. The core of any agreement is accepted that Golan Heights will have to come back [to Syria]. It is fair to say that if there is no Golan Heights, there is no deal,”
Its fair to say Israelis would rather keep the Golan.
Barry Rubin, the author of The Truth about Syria, was interviewed by Michael Totten and said,
Syria is not a radical regime because it has been mistreated by the West or Israel but because the regime needs radicalism to survive. It is a minority dictatorship of a small non-Muslim minority and it offers neither freedoms nor material benefit. It needs demagoguery, the scapegoats of America and Israel, massive loot taken from Lebanon, an Iraq which is either destabilized or a satellite, and so on.
Take the simple issue of the Golan Heights. It is commonplace to say that Syria wants back the Golan Heights. But one need merely ask the simple question: what happens if Syria gets it back? If Syria’s regime made peace with Israel it has no excuse for having a big military, a dictatorship, and a terrible economy. The day after the deal the Syrian people will start demanding change. The regime knows that.
Specter knows nothing.
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