Syria may be behind the Jerusalem terror attack
This is so funny! And, coming from Al Hayat, it sounds even funnier.
Read this first...
Mohammed Salah - Al Hayat- 06/03/08
What angers Arab politicians the most is when some of them leak a portion or all of the details of a discussion they had in closed rooms away from the cameras and lenses of the media. Despite their irritation, these officials do not stop leaking information, which has become part of the political game itself. It is natural for a journalist or correspondent to rejoice over receiving a leaked information, as long as what's leaked is correct facts that have actually happened, and not claims or lies. States, governments, parties and important people have often resorted to "trial balloons" by launching a piece of information to gauge reactions before announcing an important decision or step. Publishing rumors to test the positions of others regarding a given issue has been used to achieve a certain interest. In every political crisis or local, regional or international conundrum, leaks are usually an important mechanism for the influential parties in a crisis or problem, which might either lead to a solution or compound things even further.
This goes true for the Arab Summit scheduled for 29-30 March. The race between the influential parties has been greatly embellished, whether by states that do not believe convening the summit in Damascus is good for the Arabs, or those that prefer postponing it until after the Lebanese crisis is solved, or even the state that insists that the Syrian capital host the summit on time, regardless of unresolved issues, including the Lebanese presidential elections. The race to leak information has revealed positions that have embarrassed some states, showing that their public stances contradict what they actually adopt, and demonstrating the degree to which two Arab officials standing before the microphones and cameras can announce positions that differ from the ones they adhere to behind closed doors. Denying in public a piece of information that others are certain is true has become normal, with no embarrassment involved, even if the denial is made by a minister or an official who is quite aware that the newspaper readers and television viewers will not believe him. (continues here: Al-Hayat)
Now read this from Israel News (March 8, 2008):
Egyptian officials tell Al Hayat newspaper Syria may be behind the Jerusalem terror attack
The Egyptian did not rule out the option that Syria stands behind the Palestinian decision to reject a ceasefire. "All indications point to Syria wanting to divert attention towards the situation in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in order to (turn attention away) from what's going on in Lebanon. The current escalation in the Palestinian sector is in Syria's interest because a continuation of this situation will embarrass Arab leaders and cause them to retract their decision to send junior delegates to the Arab summit in Damascus. (Source)