The reference in the title shouldn’t require much clarification, but let me just give you a brief reminder that a week can be a very long time in international politics.
Less than a week ago, George W. Bush gave a speech to Knesset during his tour of the Middle-East (the main purpose of the tour was to beg for more Saudi oil production, a request that was rebuffed). Bush made controversial remarks that caused quite an uproar.
WHEN HE hinted to the Israeli Knesset this week that Barack Obama was an appeaser for being willing to talk to Iran, President Bush broke an unwritten rule against partisan politicking on foreign shores. He also displayed confusion about his own policies – and about the cause of his calamitous foreign policy failures.
“Some seem to believe,” Bush told the Knesset, “that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.” He was comparing unnamed appeasers of today to isolationists who thought they could negotiate with Nazi Germany and keep the United States out of World War II. Bush implied that Obama would be just that naive.
And now, look; see what those traitorous, appeasing Israeli politicians are up to! Their Prime Minister, no less.
Olmert confirms peace talks with Syria
Israel and Syria are holding indirect peace talks, with Turkey acting as a mediator, a spokesman for Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, confirmed for the first time today.
Both countries have “indicated they want to lead these negotiations in a serious spirit so as to reach a comprehensive peace agreement”, Olmert’s spokesman said.
The brief statement marks the first official confirmation from Israel that it is talking to Syria again over the tangled issue of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 war.
This must be treason! There are talks ongoing “in good faith and openly”. This can’t possibly be good, it may result in a peace agreement. More than 40 years of a state of war between Israel and Syria may go down the drain.
Israel confirms talks with Syria
Israel says it is holding indirect talks with Syria to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.
A statement by the Israeli prime minister’s office said both sides were talking “in good faith and openly”.
The statement is the first official confirmation of reports in recent months of Turkish-mediated talks.
And that’s not all! You all know that the Middle-East is full of traitors, and look now what those ungrateful Lebanese we helped get democratically elected a couple of years ago are up to:
Lebanon rivals agree crisis deal
Rival Lebanese leaders have reached agreement on steps to end the political deadlock that has led to the worst violence since the 1975-90 civil war.
The agreement brokered by Arab states covers the formation of a new national unity government and electoral reforms. It paves the way for parliament to elect a new president, a position that has been empty since last November.
Correspondents say the deal is a major triumph for the opposition Hezbollah, whose key demands were met.
In a speech at the ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha to sign the agreement, Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said it was an exceptional agreement for an exceptional time.
Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh said there were “no losers” under the deal.
What’s the world coming to?