Monday, August 21, 2006

News Round Up (Aug 21, 2006)

t_desco has brought this Le Figaro article by Georges Malbrunot to our attention: L'ombre du Hezbollah sur l'assassinat de Hariri: 19 aug. 2006. It claims that UN investigators are now searching for a member of Hizbullah, implicated in the Hariri murder. Malbrunot goes on to quote people close to the search to suggest that Syria remains the prime target, but investigators believe that Hizbullah may have had a role and that Syria distributed responsibilities among its allies in Lebanon. Hariri people were helpful with the leaks. It is hard to know how much of this is politically motivated.

Another article from Le Figaro is also of interest: Hubert Vedrine: 'We have to speak with Hamas and with Syria'. The former foreign minister of the Lionel Jospin government denounces "the fiasco" of the US policy in the Middle East. Vedrine explains what France has done wrong in Lebanon and what it has done right and where it should be headed in its relationship with Israel, the US, and Lebanon. He concludes:

I welcome what former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami has rightly written on this score: "war on Hezbollah, peace with Hamas!" We have to go back on the boycott of Hamas, which makes our democratic message inaudible, we have to speak with the Hamas government, and we must restore international aid. That is the meanest blow that we can inflict on the Syrian and Iranian governments and the Islamists. The Bush administration is doomed to fail in the Middle East, and, by refusing to understand this, it exposes us.
Public Security Minister Avi Dichter of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party said Monday that in return for a genuine peace with Syria, it would be legitimate for Israel to cede the Golan Heights.

Asked if in exchange for a genuine peace with Damascus, he would be willing to return the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War, Dichter told Army Radio:"In return for a true peace with Syria or with Lebanon, over those issues that from the standpoint of the land have a history, which we know and the Syrians know and the Lebanese know, I think that what we did with Egypt and with Jordan is legitimate here as well. "Dichter said that meant a return to the internationally recognized border.
IsraelNN“The territorial concessions are similar to those we paid for peace with Jordan and Egypt,” stated Dichter. However, he added that the “water issue and the Kinneret are a matter that I would not yield on so easily.”

PM: No talks with Syria if it continues backing terror
By Haaretz Service and Agencies
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that Israel would not negotiate with Syria unless it stops sponsoring terrorist groups. His remarks followed comments earlier in the day by Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, who said that in return for peace with Syria, Israel could give up the Golan Heights.
Asad apologizes: President Asad claimed that he was not referring to Saudi or Egyptian leaders when he called some Arabs "half men" in his speech last week. Walid Muallim, Syria's foreign minister is trying to repair the damage done to Syria's relations with fellow Arab states by the President's speech.
"What President Assad meant by this phrase was those individuals inside Syria and maybe outside it who threw doubts on the ability of the resistance to achieve victory," Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told the Al-Anba daily
Massoud Derhally, the Diplomatic Editor of "Arabian Business," has two new articles of interest on Lebanon: He pursues the Michael Young debate but brings in pro-Hizbullah voices. He also quotes interesting Lebanese on what lessons should be learned from this conflict.

The unvarnished truth: Sunday, 20 August 2006
Rising from the rubble: Sunday, 20 August 2006

Turkish FM heading to Syria as part of peace mission:


At 8/21/2006 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

This is just plain dumb. Even if its true, though we haven't seen any hints that HA is part of assassination, it will be discredited by the pro-HA camp on the sole basis of its timing. More importantly the public opinion has dismissed any HA role a while back.

And though this might be welcomed news to the anti-HA camp it will be VERY VERY hard to curtail public opinion on this issue. Placing the blame on the Syrian intelligence agency can be swallowed by most Lebanese, hell I can even buy it. But if the people who leaked this story pursue this "lead" I could see it helping Syria's argument that this case has become politicized and cannot be independent.

At 8/21/2006 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

I’ve just read that the Prince of Qatar carries an open invitation from the Syrian President to the Lebanese Prime Minister. Is it me or is our government starting to look a bit schizophrenic these days. Insulting/criticizing one day and inviting the other!!!

At 8/21/2006 11:00:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

Le Figaro has an English translation of the Hubert Vedrine interview:

Hubert Vedrine: 'We have to speak with Hamas and with Syria'
Le Figaro


unfortunately they don't offer an English version of the Malbrunot article, but you can use Babel Fish and Google Language Tools to get an automatic translation. Then you will have to use your imagination to make sense of it... ;-)

At 8/21/2006 12:22:00 PM, Blogger t_desco said...

Germans say Lebanon helped catch train-terror bomber

Karlsruhe, Germany - Lebanon's military intelligence service helped Germany to catch the prime suspect in a narrowly averted plot to bomb passenger trains, a senior prosecutor said Monday. ...

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor-general in Karlsruhe said the decisive tip-off arrived from the Lebanese security agency on Friday night, just hours after Germany published video footage of the two men carrying the cases in Cologne station. She gave no other details.

Police have yet to say what group the suspect, named as Youssef Mohamad e-H, was affiliated with.

At 8/21/2006 01:43:00 PM, Blogger t_desco said...

According to an unconfirmed report on Monday on Germany's ARD public television, German authorities received a tip from Lebanese intelligence that led to the arrest of the suspect. After seeing his picture on German television, the student called his family in Lebanon. The conversation was monitored by Lebanese intelligence, who alerted Germany.

The Tagesspiegel reports that Youssef Mohamad E. H. hails from Tripoli and that some members of his family belong to Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami.

At 8/21/2006 04:21:00 PM, Blogger gonzo said...

Poor Josh,
I guess you have to monitor that a bit ! Anyhow, just a word to say that Malbrunot is nothing but "un mauvais écrivain de mauvais romans policiers"! You should not pay too much attention to his prose! As you see, Josh, the Gonzo's keep an eye on you!

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