by Stephen Lendman, SJLendman.Blogspot.com:
On April 6, 2009, Seymour Hersh headlined “Syria Calling,” saying:
When Israel’s December 2008/January 2009 Cast Lead war on Gaza ended, so did “promising peace talks between Israel and Syria.”
For almost a year, both countries negotiated. They did so in Istanbul through intermediaries. Many complicated issues were resolved. Diplomatic normalization was agreed on in principle.
At a mid-January Qatar summit, Assad called Israel’s war “the language of blood.” He wanted Arab League members to boycott Israel. He urged closing Israeli embassies throughout the region.
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