US President Barack Obama may reportedly meet with the dictator of Syria, Bashar al-Assad. This comes from the Israeli site, Debka. This would apparently attempt to reinforce reaching out to the Muslim world.
To lend wings to Obama’s outreach to the Muslims, White House circles Monday, March 30, leaked word that his team took a hand in persuading Israel to accept a ceasefire which cut short its anti-Hamas operation in Gaza in January. The radical Islamist terrorists had to be spared from total defeat by Israel and their leaders from capture otherwise Assad, as their backer, would be restrained from resuming peace talks with Israel for some time.
The ceasefire gave Assad enough political room to continue the negotiations without losing credibility in the Arab world.
Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker wrote in its coming issue: A major change in American policy toward Syria is clearly under way.
“The return of the Golan Heights is part of a broader strategy for peace in the Middle East that includes countering Iran’s influence… Syria is a strategic linchpin for dealing with Iran and the Palestinian issue.”