May 29, 2008
Israeli talks with Syrians make sense
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Nonetheless, I hope the two sides keep talking. One never knows what kind of breakthrough can occur when the parties to a conflict are negotiating, even indirectly. But everyone knows no breakthroughs will come if leaders refuse to negotiate.
Olmert deserves U.S. support for negotiating with Assad. Similarly, the United States needs to negotiate with Iran on all the issues that divide us, starting with its nuclear program, its backing of terrorists in Iraq and its alliance with Hezbollah. What has the United States accomplished by stonewalling?
You talk not because it benefits the other side but because it benefits you. You refuse to talk when your preference is confrontation, not resolution. It is that simple.
MJ Rosenberg is the director of Israel Policy Forum's Washington Policy Center.
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