Posted by Alex on Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
Written and Posted by Alex
Yesterday David Schenker wrote an article in the Jerusalem Post in which he called on Israel to reverse Prime minister Ehud Olmert's decision to engage in serious peace talks with Syria:
"Although it is a bitter pill for peacemakers in the Jewish state to swallow, by trucking with Syria now, Israel risks inadvertently contributing to the eventual establishment of Hizbullahstan on its northern border."
Calling on Israel to be alert to his warnings and to stop talking peace with Syria follows another demonstration of Schenker's relentless Syria strategy. On September 21, 2007, he wrote "policy Watch #1290" for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Its title was "losing Traction Against Syria".
Here is one of the main recommendations in that policy watch:
"To stem Syria's reacceptance into the international community, Washington needs to convince its European and Arab — particularly Gulf — allies to freeze their engagement with Damascus.
And here is what those gulf Arab allies of the Untied States were doing this week … Eight months after David's Sep 2007 "policy Watch"
1) President of the U.A.E. awarded the Syrian President his country's highest medal.
2) The popular Emir of Dubai was an enthusiastic host
3) The Emir of Kuwait proudly welcomed the Syrian president
4) Emir of Qatar visited Bashar in Damascus to thank him for his decisive help in reaching the Doha agreement
5) Kuwait's business leaders promised President Assad dramatically increased Kuwaiti investments in Syria
6) Dubai's business leaders told him how eager they are to invest much more in Syria
Few years ago, Thomas Friedman warned Egypt and Syria that their days are over. According to him, Egypt and Syria were on their way out … to be replaced by the new Arab world leaders, the progressive, ambitious and extravagantly rich Gulf Arabs such as Qatar and Dubai.
Egypt's leadership role seems to have indeed taken a serious hit in recent years. In comparison, Syria, which chose to bet on the smaller Gulf states instead of going Egypt's direction of alliance with (and obedience to) Saudi Arabia, appears to be much more secure about its leading Arab nation role.