PELOSI IN DAMASCUS....Via Greg Djerejian, it appears that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants to send a message to Bashar Assad that Israel has no intention of launching an attack on Syria. His messenger? Nancy Pelosi:
Israel's political and military leadership has been preparing in recent weeks for the possibility of a Syrian attack on the Golan Heights that will start as a result of a "miscalculation" on the part of the Syrians, who may assume that Israel intends to attack them.Launching an attack on the Golan Heights sounds like a bit of suicidal insanity that even Assad couldn't be seriously contemplating, but I guess you never know. Luckily for Israel, there was an adult in the neighborhood to help them out.
Israel, however, has delivered a calming message, and has no plans to attack its northern neighbor.
....The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus today, and will deliver a message of calm from Israel.
"We hope the message will be understood," political sources in Israel said yesterday. "The question is whether Assad is looking for an excuse ... so that he can carry out an attack against Israel in the summer, or whether this is a mistaken assessment."