The Fate of Syria's Christian Minority

Four years ago, Israeli "dove" Avi Primor cooed over the prospects for a comprehensive peace settlement in the Mideast.  The "key" to peace, wrote Israel's former ambassador to Germany, lies in Damascus.  Amb. Primor wrote that if Israel would only agree to give up the Golan Heights she had captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, Syria might yet come around to accepting the existence of the Jewish state and break its dependence on the mullahs in Iran.  Hope soared on the wings of a dove. Negotiations between Israel and Syria, although conducted through a Turkish intermediary, seemed promising.  The incoming Obama administration, buoyed by the president's Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated the new direction in world geopolitics by sending an ambassador to Damascus.  No more refusals to talk.  Now, we would see action on a peace agenda. Hollywood doves Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shared the hopeful mood and flew into Damascus for a visit to refugees from Iraq. ...(Read Full Article)