Israel and Syria have been engaged in talks concerning a possible land-for-peace deal with Golan Heights.
I’m just waiting for John McCain and George Bush to denounce the Prime Minister of Israel as an appeaser. Obviously, he doesn’t understand anything about what happens when you negotiate with terrorists.
I’m actually a little skeptical that this track will work. It involves giving up something very concrete for a promise from a party that has not shown itself to be trustworthy. People forget just how hard it was with Egypt back in the 1970’s, and there, Anwar Sadat had taken enormous political risks that convinced many Israelis of his sincerity and commitment. I hope I am wrong.
That said, it quite literally does not hurt to try, and it underlines just how nonsensical the McCain-Bush critique of diplomacy is.
It also shows just where this critique comes from: right on cue, the Israeli right wing is denouncing the talks, arguing that Syria is part of the “axis of evil.”
Note to the media and most importantly to the Jewish community: the McCain/Bush position is not a “pro-Israel” position: it is a pro-Likud position. And there is a very substantial difference.