Between Gershon Baskin and Yossi Beilin, I can’t say who’s echoing whom, but Beilin, the Meretz party chair and MK, argues in the Jerusalem Post, August 8 (“Lebanon – the way out”), for peace with Syria as a potential solution, excerpted below:
…. In the past two years, … Assad has called for negotiations with Israel without preconditions a number of times.
Israel, under the leadership of Ariel Sharon, rebuffed these appeals…. Sharon could do that, without holding a serious political discussion and without any real public debate on the subject, only because President Bush — because of American interests — took a dim view of Israeli-Syrian negotiations.
Late last week, the Syrian ambassador in the US was interviewed by Orli Azulay for the Yediot Aharonot weekend supplement. Among other things, Dr. Imad Mustapha said, “We will say to the Israelis: …. Stop the occupation; let us establish full peaceful relations and normalization in the region- enough with these wars.
“We have adopted the peace initiative put forward by Saudi King Abdullah, who proposed peace with Israel in return for the occupied territories….”