Iran,  Israel/Palestine

Mahmoud miffed at Israel-Syria talks

Already there may be one positive result of the indirect talks between Israel and Syria on a “comprehensive peace.”

Haaretz reports:

Sources close to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday said that he was unable to conceal his disappointment and surprise at the news of renewed Israeli-Syrian peace talks.

In an interview with the London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat, the sources said that Ahmadinejad characterized the reports as a violation by Damascus of the two countries’ mutual responsibilities toward one another.
An Iranian editor also revealed to al-Sharq al-Awsat that the [Supreme National Security] council instructed Iranian communications outlets and official Web sites not to refer at all to the Israel-Syria talks until further notice.

Senior Israeli sources on Thursday said that the announcement of the renewal of negotiations between Israel and Syria will have an immediate effect on Iran’s status in the region.

The officials noted that Iran has not yet responded publicly to the talks. “It seems the Iranians are in shock,” one of them said.