Netanyahu: Time for direct talks with Palestinians
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is warning US President Barack Obama that he is missing an historical opportunity to build trust between the two countries. Iran and the US are at odds over Iran's nuclear weapons program for which the US is seeking tough sanctions against. As of late, Brazilian and Turkish leaders have been working toward a fuel swap agreement in an attempt to satisfy the West. So far the deal has not swayed the US and they claim they have secured votes from all permanent UN members including Germany to go forward with sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that he believes indirect talks have progressed as far as they can and that they are ready to move onto direct talks. "We want to move as speedily as possible to direct talks because the kind of problem that we have with the Palestinians can be resolved in peace and can be arranged only if we sit down together," Netanyahu told reporters at the French presidential palace (Yahoo.com).
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is hopeful that indirect talks will give way to direct talks. He has given peace talks four months to progress, in which time, he has vowed to pull out if no progress is made.
At the same time, Syrian President Bashar Assad claims he is now ready for direct peace talks with Israel and that Iran is in full support of such a move.
However, Assad said, the main issue standing in the way of peace, according to the Syrian president, wasn't his country's support of Hamas and Hezbollah, but Israel's occupation of Palestinian land, saying that "once you talk about Hamas, once you talk about Hezbollah, why do you have the room -- the elephant in the room. So let's talk about the peace."
"This elephant is the occupation and the Israeli aggression. When you don't have Israeli aggression, when you don't have occupation, forget about all these problems. It will be solved ultimately," Assad said (Haaretz.com).
In an interview with US television show host Charlie Rose on Thursday, Assad went on to say that peace would allow Israel to "live normally in region."
Of course, this urgency for Israel to step up and accept peace is nothing more than a ploy designed for Syria to regain the Golan Heights and for Palestinians to create a terrorist state. Both of these areas will one day be used as a strategic starting point for the yet future Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38 & 38). I think the Islamic world has finally woken up to the commonsense move of trading peace for land for the promise of better positioning for a future war. Certainly, the Islamic world has no desire to be at peace with Israel, but if that's what it takes to achieve their long-term goal, look for them to extend a hand of peace in the name of Israel's ultimate destruction.
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