Russia is in the enviable position tonight of trying to convince some of the most recalcitant governments on the face of the earth to accept defeat at the hands of Israel and attend a cease fire meeting.
A senior Russian diplomat called the task “Herding squirrels.”
The task has fallen to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to AFP.
“We are sending the appropriate signals to Hamas representatives and to those states that have influence on Hamas, meaning above all Iran and Syria,” of the need to accept the Egyptian plan, Lavrov said at a news conference.
Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel so often that it is almost impossible to envision him telling Hamas to play like nice children and attend the cease fire summit.
Mr. Ahmadinejad won’t even say the word “Israel,” preferring the terminology of denial. He says “Zionist State.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)
Earlier Friday, Hamas’ Syrian-based political chief Khaled Mashaal rejected Israeli conditions for a truce and demanded an immediate opening of the besieged territory’s borders.
Mashaal called on all Arab countries to cut ties with the Jewish state during a summit of Arab leaders in Doha, Qatar.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad gave Mashaal their full backing, but significantly, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia boycotted the summit.
So, faced with this lovely scenario, Mr. Lavrov is urging all key players to sit nicely and enjoy a cease fire summit.
That is whay Israel has already said it is fully prepared for a “Unilateral Cease Fire.”
By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom