Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is blaming Syria for preventing the formation of a Palestinian unity government
. To her, of course, this seems to mean preventing Hamas cooperating with Abbas, and the set of issues there is too complicated for me to formulate a clear position on it. However, since June there has been a steady drumbeat of both Arab and Israeli sources alleging Syrian meddling in Palestinian affairs, including the negotiations over Gilad Shalit. This doesn't seem at all like the propaganda surrounding Iran
, which is a pre-determined villian for those with a particular policy agenda, and the Syria angle is worth taking seriously.
(Crossposted to American Footprints