A junior minister with the British foreign office urged Syria on Tuesday to use its influence with the militant groups Hamas and Hizbullah to stop violence against Israel.
Ivan Lewis spoke in Damascus after talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem. He is on a three-day visit to Syria and is scheduled to travel to Lebanon next. Syria is seen as a major Middle East player in part because of its support for the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and its backing for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Lewis said he discussed with al-Moallem the important opportunity presented by President Barack Obama and the need for Syria to help create the conditions for peace.
«We spoke of the very important opportunity that is now presented by President Barack Obama and we want Syria to use its influence in terms of helping to create the conditions now for the two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians», Lewis told reporters.
Obama has supported the creation of a Palestinian state as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and called for a halt to Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank. He has sent his special Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, to the region to promote a comprehensive Arab-Israeli settlement.
Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted al-Moallem as telling Lewis that a major obstacle to Mideast peace came from Israel’s lack of political will to make peace.
Lewis said he believes there is an opportunity to end the Middle East conflict by concluding comprehensive peace, creating a viable Palestinian state alongside a secured Israel and returning to Syria the Golan Heights seized by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.
But he stressed that this needs to be accompanied by ending the use of violence to promote or to presume political objectives to see Syria exercise its influence over Hezbollah and Hamas in a positive way.
Source: Associated Press
Al Fatah, Hamas and Hizbullah are like cats and dogs. They do not agree up on how the idealistic Islamic nation will look like. They blow up their own Muslim brothers, and even destroy each others Mosques.
But the United Kingdom feels they are reliable peace partners for Israel.
The truth is that all foes will finally be united. They will all be able to agree that the Jewish people needs to be stopped, and Zionism brought to an end. So if President Barack Obama can promise to put an end to «Jewish settlements», Radical Islam an all haters of the Jewish people will stand behind him.
United behind the new «prince of peace» in Washington, all enemies of the truth will rejoice in the downfall of Israel and Biblical Zionism.
They have just forgot one important factor. They are fighting against God of the Bible and His Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Their defeat will be their shame for eternity.