Syria wants Golan in return for helping US

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    The Sunday Times November 19, 2006


    Syria wants Golan in return for helping US
    Hala Jaber and Sarah Baxter



    SYRIA is to demand American help in securing the return of the Golan Heights from Israel as the price of co-operation over Iraq. With the White House under pressure to talk to its adversary, President Bashar al-Assad has resolved that his assistance will not be cheap.
    Assad has been considering how to respond to an American overture following reports that the Iraq Study Group will recommend that the United States engage Syria and Iran in talks on Iraq, a position backed by Tony Blair last week.



    The Syrian president wants America and Britain to use their influence with Israel to raise the return of the Golan Heights, seized by the Israelis in the 1967 war. “It will be the top demand,” said Ayman Abdel Nour, a leading reformer in the ruling Ba’ath party.

    Assad has ruled out co-operating with the Americans in return for the promise of unspecified benefits. “The Syrian leadership is fed up with the Americans and does not trust their word when it comes to future aid for Syria,” Abdel Nour said.

    “Syria will not do anything unless it has secured guarantees from Washington and London that every action Damascus takes to help them will be reciprocated. It will be a step by step scenario: these actions for those actions,” he added. Assad also insists that any help must be dependent on a timetable for US troop withdrawals, a move resisted by President George W Bush.

    Shaul Bakhash, an expert on the Middle East at George Mason University, Washington, said: “Neither Iran nor Syria will do a favour for the US without wanting something back — and what both countries want are things that the US is not willing to give them.”

    The Syrians believe they are in a position of strength. “Already there is talk that Syria is the winner and will set the new rules of the game in the region,” Abdel Nour said.

    Additional reporting: Peter Hall, Damascus
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2460033,00.html
     
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    Cannot trust either Syria or Iran. Tell the SYrian Pres that Israel will not leave the Golan Heights. ANyways what help can Syria give US on Iraq? Can they stop the car bomb and the terror atacks ? Can they stop the killing of US forces ? Can they assure the States that Sunnis and Shias wont fight ?

    And I never knew that America would ever need Iran's help !! I mean why on Earth would Mahmoud help Washington over Iraq? Infact he must be happy that America is losing its troops and equipment in Iraq !

    And as your post has pointed out Iran and Syria will want something from U.S in return for their "favours".

    Iran will want an assurance from Washington that no one will raise a voice against their nuke program which I am sure Washington cannot give.

    End result:- America cannot negotiate favourably with either Damascus or Tehran.


    Akshay
     
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    All I have to say to Syria is...don't hold your breath. The only reason the Israelis have Golan in the first place is because Syria kept putting artillery on it.
     
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    Blackmail to do what's right. Fuck Syria.
     
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    We all may as well be---and watch the big shots figure this all out for us dumb shits.
     
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    Yeah, they always do such a stellar job.:rolleyes:
     
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    Syrian rebels capture UN peacekeepers...
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    UN says 21 peacekeepers detained on Golan Heights
    Mar 6,`13 -- Armed fighters linked to the Syrian opposition detained 21 U.N. peacekeepers from the Philippines on Wednesday in the increasingly volatile zone separating Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan Heights, a new escalation in the spillover of Syria's civil war.
    See also:

    UN Demands Unconditional Release of Golan Peacekeepers
    March 06, 2013 — The U.N. Security Council is demanding the unconditional release of more than 20 peacekeepers stopped and detained by armed elements of the Syrian opposition in the Golan Heights.
     
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    Smooth move, Waltky. The thread and the article are 6+ years old. Not only did Syria not recover the Golan, the country is mired in a vicious civil war which has claimed over 100,000 lives and is likely to topple Assad and end any influence they may have had.
    Iran has been marginalized and with the US military so nearby, defanged.
    It looks like Israel is the real winner ... again.
    Amazing how that is always the result. :D
     
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    its all fall out from the SHALIT thing-----the lesson is

    **NEVER GIVE IN TO BLACK-MAILERS"

    looking back---Israel should have bombed Gaza until
    Shalit was released----and now should bomb Damascus
    until the UN peace keepers are released.

    based on the vandalism that the ummah has
    inflicted on the artifacts of Buddhism,
    christianity and judaism in the past 12 years---
    another good idea would be pig shit bombs
    over mecca until the UN peace-keepers
    are released
     

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