Wednesday, March 14, 2007

EU Backs Returning Golan Heights To Syria

The time for compromise with viciously anti-Semitic thugs is over. The Bush Adminitration and the EU are setting their respective countries up for failure by supporting such idiotic policy (from the Jerusalem Post):

EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said on Wednesday that Europe supported Syria's plans to get back the Golan Heights.

Following a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Solana said at a press conference that "we are interested in working for your country to return to itself the territories that were captured in [the 1967 war]."

In what was the first high-level visit by an EU official to Syria in more than two years,Solana met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem and Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa earlier Wednesday morning and discussed the Lebanese crisis.

Syria, through its state-run press, welcomed Solana's visit as a good move "after a long absence."

Solana came to Syria as on final stop of a three-nation attempt to mediate an end to the crisis in Lebanon, where the Hizbullah-led opposition has staged three months of mass protests in a bid to topple the government.

In Lebanon on Monday, where he began his mediating, Solana said he hoped his trip to Damascus would help spur an improvement in relations between the EU and Syria, but he added that Syrian policies had to change.

"In order to resume the relationship, we have to have a frank and sincere discussion about things that can change ... and we have to see how the behavior of our friends in Syria may change," Solana said.

He did not elaborate, but EU member states have criticized Syria for its role in Lebanon, where it is seen as undermining the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and is suspected of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

European governments also fault Syria for being the major patron of Hizbullah, whose abduction of two IDF soldiers last July sparked a 34-day war with the Jewish state, and for hosting Palestinian terrorists opposed to the peace process.

"Solana's visit to Damascus is a big and important step on the road to repairing two years' of damage in Arab-EU relations," said the official Syrian newspaper Tishrin said in an editorial Wednesday. "Syria is receiving Solana with a lot of openness and a readiness to hear what he has to say as an EU envoy."

Solana visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, where he discussed Lebanon with the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, in Riyadh.

He is expected to return to Europe late Wednesday.