Syria and Libya pressure Palestinian leader to quit peace talks with Israel and return to violence

HA HA! As if they ever were engaged in peace talks. Unlike every other President, Obama has not been able to get Israel and the Arabs to engage at all.

Syrian President Bashar Assad urged Abbas to withdraw from a US-supported peace plan and resume armed resistance to Israel. Assad also urged Arab countries to halt any contacts with Israel, though only Egypt and Jordan have peace deals with the Jewish state. “The price of resistance is not higher than the price of peace,” one delegate quoted Assad as telling Abbas.

The summit registered a higher than usual number of no-shows from Arab leaders. Eight heads of state stayed away, including Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. (Gee I wonder if that’s because Egypt and Saudi Arabia have formed new strategic alliances with Israel?)

Libyan leader and summit host Moammar Ghaddafi warned that his nation may withdraw support for an initiative launched at a 2002 Arab League summit in Beirut calling for an exchange of land for peace with Israel (another Western fantasy), the delegates said.

“We are ready for any Arab option. If they want to go to war let them declare that and mobilize their armies and their people and we will follow suit,” Abu Rudeineh said.

Earlier this month, Arab nations opened the door for Abbas to enter four months of indirect, American-brokered negotiations with Israel – the so-called ‘proximity talks’. But they later threatened to withdraw support for the negotiations after Israel announced plans for new Jewish homes in east Jerusalem, the part of the city Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state. (Only because Obama threw a hissy fit)

He accused Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu’s government of trying to create a de facto situation in Jerusalem that would torpedo any future peace settlement. (Jerusalem will lNEVER be divided –or so said Barack Obama while he was campaigning) JERUSALEM POST