Posted by: Tony Carson | 22 September, 2007

Syria invited to Israel peace talks?

This might be a tad awkward. Less than a month after Israel dropped a few bombs in Syria, the Syrians have been invited to sit at Condi Rice’s Israel-Palestine peace table.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Washington plans to invite six Arab states including Syria to a Middle East peace conference, Abbas’s aides said.

Abbas’s senior aide Nimer Hammad said on Saturday Washington would like Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, plus the Palestinian Authority to attend the U.S.-sponsored conference, expected to be held in November.

The Story is here: U.S. plans to invite Arabs to peace meeting

In other news …

Why did Israel hit Syria anyway? Apparently, the Israelis think the Syrians are developing nuclear weapons. The Americans aren’t so sure:

American concerns about ties between Syria and North Korea have long focused on a partnership involving missiles and missile technology. Even many hawks within the Bush administration have expressed doubts that the Syrians have the money or technical depth to build a serious nuclear program like the one in Iran.

But the Sept. 6 Israeli airstrike inside Syria has reignited debate over whether the Syrians are trying to overcome past obstacles by starting their own small nuclear program, or by trying to buy nuclear components from an outside supplier. It is a particularly difficult question for American spy agencies, which are still smarting from the huge prewar misjudgments made about the status of Iraq’s weapons programs.

American officials are now sorting through what they say are Israel’s private claims that what their jets struck was tied to nuclear weapons development, not merely to missile production. So far, American officials have been extremely cautious about endorsing the Israeli conclusion.

That story is here: Israeli Raid on Syria Fuels Debate on Weapons

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