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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Israel-Syria: Is Something Going On?

Back-channel alert: several things seem to be happening at once on the Israel-Syria front:

Are these unrelated stories? The first cites President Sarkozy as the conveyor of the news; I'd expect the latter to be the work of George Mitchell and his team. But is there a linkage? Is this grounds for optimism? Or a repeat of last week's rumors that Gilad Shalit was on his way home?

Still, it's worth noting the fact that the two stories are appearing at the same time.

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