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[Insight] INSIGHT - Lebanon - Syria angry with Nasrallah? - ME1

Released on 2012-03-13 17:00 GMT

Email-ID 69968
Date 2008-03-07 16:02:01

ATTRIBUTION: Source in Lebanon

SOURCE Reliability : B




My note -- another indication that Syria is trying to make Nasrallah into
its scapegoat?

My source says Syria is very upset with Hizbullah's chief Hasan Nasrallah
because, during his eulogy of Imad Mughniyye, he limited his accusation to
Israel. Syrian president Bashar Asad has expressed his anger to Nasrallah
through his own channels of communication. What particularly upset Asad
was Nasrallah ommission of any reference to the role played by US
intelligence in hunting down Mughniyye. Asad feels that by limiting the
accusation to Israel, Nasrallah was jeopardizing Syria's attempts to
convince Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert to relaunch the peace talks
with Damascus. Nasrallah's accusation came at a time when the Israeli
prime minister was meeting with his Turkish counterpart who informed
Olmert that Syria accepts Israeli preconditions for resuming the talks.
Asad has accepted that Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights will be
gradual and over a 25 year period, and that it will not start until 10
years after a peace treaty is reached.

Asad felt that by eliminating the role of parties, other than Israel, in
assassinating Mughniyye, Nasrallah was essentially asserting that the
Mossad has penetrtated Syrian intelligence.Politically, it would have been
more correct to include the CIA as well because Asad can always say that
Arabs do not have the means to stop the USA, whereas it would reflect
negatively on them to fail with the MOssad.

ME1 Comment: Asad's position has much to do with the Arab shame culture,
which places a premium on face saving, and emphasis on looking good, even
when there is no reason for celebration.