Monday, March 10, 2008

Syria likes Gaza chaos

Brothers in Arms: (l to r) Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Monday, 10 March, 2008 @ 6:35 AM

Beirut- An Arab newspaper in London suggested that Syria finds the conflict in Gaza a welcome distraction from its own acts in Lebanon.

"The current escalation on the Palestinian front is in the interest of the Syrians," an unnamed Egyptian official told Al-Hayat. "Indeed the continuation of this situation may embarrass leaders in the Arab world, and force them to go back on their decision to send low-level officials to the Arab Summit, which is set to take place in Damascus."

The official suggested that Syria may have played a part in the massacre of eight people at a yeshiva in Jerusalem. He said leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad were in Damascus at the time of the shooting.

Egypt has been hoping to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza. Omar Suleiman, the head of Egyptian intelligence, postponed a trip to Jerusalem after the yeshiva shootings -- after postponing it previously because of Israeli military action in Gaza, The Jerusalem Post reported. (Yalibnan)


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