Written by Dani Reshef
May 26, 2008
by Dani Reshef
Staying With Iran
Following the latest announcement of Syria and Israel from Wednesday 05/21/2008 that the two countries are holding indirect talks, according to the guidelines of Madrid conference from 1991, Some commentators claim that through the indirect talks Syria is looking into the possibility of switching sides in the Middle East confrontation between Iran and USA, and there is such a potential if the talks will move forward successfully. (See -TALKS )
Syria had three opportunities to change the course of its diplomacy in the five years. In 2004 thousands of Islamic volunteers streamed to Iraq through the Syrian border in order to fight the Americans in Iraq.
Since the LEBANON Crisis from summer 2007, Syria held endless talks with Saudi Arabia and Egypt about a compromise in Lebanon. Syria could accept one of many Saudi offers to settle the Lebanese crisis. Saudi Arabia not only tried to persuade Syria with piles of petrol-dollars but also with a direct access to USA and with yet another opportunity to cease the moment toward switching sides. Syria refused all the temptations and stood with Iran.
There is no single declaration of a Syrian official leader or an article in the Syrian controlled media that suggests that Syria is considering even the slightest option of switching sides from Iran to USA. Syria’s continuous economic growth in the last few years and Iran scoring more points in the confrontation with USA in the region. It seems that there is nothing that can be done to prevent Iran from nuclear weapon and Iran overshadows the Middle East. In this circumstances it is almost certain that Syria will stay with Iran, at least until something will be done to confront Iran and change the balance in the Middle East.