""Syria knows that we limited ourselves in our operations in Lebanon, and it knows that in an operation against Syria, against Damascus, Israel won’t limit itself," Israel Radio cited Olmert as saying.
A meeting participant told The Associated Press that Olmert told lawmakers that Israel sent a message to Syria during the war, ruling out negotiations. That position still holds now, he said.
"This is not the time to talk to the Syrians," he quoted Olmert as saying, added that no new message has been sent to Damascus.
"He said he would not negotiate with Syria at this time because Syria is the enemy," committee member Ran Cohen added.
Olmert has articulated this position before, saying Damascus must first end its support for Lebanese and Palestinian extremists.
After the war, Syrian President Bashar Assad signaled a harder line against Israel. He delivered a hardline speech praising Hezbollah and warned that future Arab generations might succeed with force where peace talks have failed so far — a reference to regaining control over the Golan Heights, the plateau Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War. AP
It appears that Olmert, Ran Cohen, etc. share the Arab proclivity for viewing negotiations not as a Hegelian process of give and take leading to "synthesis" but rather as a process of discussing the surrender terms of the weaker party to a dispute.
"Israel won’t limit itself." Since they are unlikely to use nuclear weapons and are too smart to occupy Damascus, what’s left? It would appear that an even more ferocious bombardment of the Syrian population and infrastructure would be what’s left I suppose. This is Douhet gone mad.
"..must first end its support for Lebanese and Palestinian extremists." Once again, one must ask if this is negotiation as it is understood in the West.