Ross: Risk of War Between Israel and Syria
Newsmax | July 9, 2007
A former senior American Middle East peace negotiator said he thinks "there is a risk of war" between Israel and Syria this summer, according to a report in ynetnews.com.
Dennis Ross told ynetnews that "nobody has made any decision (about going to war), but the Syrians are positioning themselves for war."
"Syria has rearmed Hizbullah to the teeth – there should be a price to pay for that," the ex-State Department official said.
Ross also noted that the Bush administration had failed to implement its own Syria Accountability Act, adding that the U.S. and Europe should aim to "squeeze the Syrian economy" and use a policy of "sticks before carrots" in their dealings with Damascus.
Ross, the author of the recently published "Statecraft: and How to Restore America's Standing in the World", also said that the West needs to ramp up the sanctions against Iran to stop its nuclear program.
"We have slow-motion diplomacy matched against their fast-paced nuclear development," he said, noting that Europe was not applying enough economic pressure "to get the attention of the Iranian leadership."
While he doubted that economic sanctions would deter Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he said others in the Iranian leadership would take notice and work towards changing the country's policy.
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