Monday, November 20, 2006

Syrian Meddling?

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.)


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