The Jerusalem Post headline reads:
Israel urged to woo Syria away from Iran's influence
"Israel urged ..." Okay, I see a passive voice construction, now where's the agent?
A peace agreement with Syria could pull Damascus out of Iran's orbit, a senior Western diplomat based in Israel said Thursday.
A-ha! So it's a "senior Western diplomat based in Israel". Well, that certainly clears things up: a senior Western diplomat who doesn't want to be identified by name or even nationality. And what further wisdom do we have from this anonymous oracle?
The diplomat said this assessment has been relayed to Israeli officials. He said despite the flurry of media reports about a greater openness among some in the government for engaging the Syrians, he had not seen any change in the formal Israeli position that any such talks could not take place until Damascus ended its support for Hizbullah and Hamas.
Why can't those damn Israelis be reasonable?
"We can break Syria away from Iran," the official said, adding that what was needed in Israel was the "political will and courage" to negotiate with Damascus over the return of the Golan Heights.
And that, according to this anonymous senior Western diplomat based in Israel, is what Israel needs to show: courage.
Dear anonymous senior Western diplomat based in Israel:
Go fuck yourself.