2007-06-08

Morning Report: June 8, 2007

Israel's government offers a deal to a neighbor; signs of life from Old Europe.

Olmert offers Syria talk, Golan. Our anonymous Western diplomat must have had the Prime Minister's ear. Arutz Sheva: 'Israel's daily Yediot Acharonot reports Friday that PM Olmert has agreed to a deal with Syrian leader Bashar Assad, whereby Syria would receive control of the Golan Heights in exchange for revoking the Syrian-Iranian alliance and cutting all ties with terrorist organizations. Olmert reportedly informed Syria, via a third party, that he is aware that a peace agreement with Syria "means returning the Golan to Syrian sovereignty." He said he is willing to do so, but wishes to know if Syria, in return, will "dismantle, in stages, its alliance with Iran, Hizbullah and Palestinian terrorist organizations." ... Assad has not yet responded to Israel's latest offer.' Fox News: 'Israel sent secret messages to Syria recently signaling willingness to give up the captured Golan Heights in return for a peace deal that would require Syria to distance itself from Iran, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had German and Turkish diplomats relay to Syrian President Bashar Assad that Israel is willing to hold direct peace negotiations and give up the strategic plateau, seized in the 1967 Mideast war, the Yediot Ahronot daily said, quoting officials close to Olmert.' IRIS: 'Olmert has lost his mandate to be Prime Minister for failing to defend the country during a war with Syria's proxy, Hezbollah. So what does he do? Offer the strategically commanding Golan Heights to Syria, which 84% of the public opposes. In exchange for words from a terrorist regime.'

France moves to condemn Ahmadinejad's Israel remarks. It's a different France under Sarkozy, that's for sure. JTA: 'France will move to have the Security Council condemn the Iranian president’s recent comments on Israel. A spokesman for the French mission to the United Nations said France would formally introduce a draft declaration to the Security Council Friday condemning President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent declaration on the destruction of Israel. A declaration is a lesser step than a council resolution, which carries the weight of international law.'

Commentary. The Fourth Rail has a roundup of Iranian secret cell activity against Coalition forces.