Israel moves aside Turkey to second place

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 19 / Trend , U. Sadigova/ 

Call by Israeli president to begin direct talks with Syria in an attempt to show the international community an interest in regional negotiations, but analysts do not rule out that Israel wants to replace Turkey's mediation with that of the United States.

"I don't think that Turkey can help in this stage, the mean key is in Washington," analyst on the Israeli-Syrian conflict Rami Ginat told Trend by telephone from London. "Any peace agreement in the region is realized by the U.S."

On May 18, Israeli President Shimon Peres called on Syria to begin direct talks at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, Al Jazeera website reported.

The statements by Perez came as a response to criticism of the Israeli government, which does not pay sufficient attention to the peace process with Damascus.  

Indirect Syrian-Israeli talks resumed in May last year being brokered by Turkey which maintains good ties with both countries. However, the dialogue failed after the Israeli military operation in Gaza in December and January.

Damascus demands that Israel to return the Golan Heights occupied in the war of 1967, but the Foreign Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman, who opposes the Arab-Israeli peace process, said that Israel will not return the Syrian territory as it will be a blow to Israel's security.

Syria supports the military and political ties with the leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Lebanese party Hezbollah, strategic partner of Iran.

In a situation where both sides refuse to accept the terms of each other, observers doubt the reality of the peace process between Syria and Israel.

Negotiations have stopped, not having even started, because Israel has officially refused to return the Golan Heights, the head of the Jordanian Center for Middle Eastern Studies Mahmud Jawad al-Hamad told Trend

"Israel is not serious in the negotiations with Syria given that he will not leave the Golan," Al-Hamad said over telephone from Amman.

However, the termination of negotiations with Syria threatens Israel with the deterioration of relations with the European Union and the United States, which insisted on the continuation of the Middle East peace process, observers say.

Israel tries to demonstrate the EU and Syrians that it is serious about the peace talks so it has almost challenged Syrians to have direct talks, an analyst on Syrian policy Neil Quilliam said to Trend

"If Syria would agree to have direct talks it actually will mean that Israel will be in advantageous position," senior analyst on Middle East security and Policy at British Center of Control Risks told Trend over telephone from London.

Israel sees no need for Turkey's mediation in negotiations with Syria, because Turkey has been able only to make parties to sit at the table of talks, but Israel understands that the real pressure may be made only by the United States.

Joshua Landis, senior American expert on Syrian studies, says that Turkey has nothing to offer to solve the Israel-Syria conflict, because Damascus has already stated his main demand - to return the Golan.

"It does not matter whether Turkey is there [negotiations] or not, Syria and Israel has already talked what they want and can, without making a deal," director of the center for Middle East studies at University of Oklahoma Landis told Trend over telephone.

It is not ruled out that Israel wants to exclude Turkey from the negotiations because of the cooling of relations with Ankara after the military conflict in the Gaza Strip, an expert at Israeli Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Ginat said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, criticized Israeli military operations in Gaza conducted against members of Hamas in December and January, which claimed the lives of more than 1,300 Palestinians.

Erdogan, calling the Israeli government "killers of children", urged to involve Palestinian movement Hamas to the peace process in the Middle East as an integral part of a future Palestinian state.

"So if in the past turkey was observed as available mediator, in this stage Israel is looking at turkey in a very special way," he said. "The level of trust has been damaged recently and I don't think it is going to change in the future."

Turkey and Israel are strategic allies in the region and jointly implement a series of major military projects. In 2005, they signed an agreement which enabled Turkey to acquire unmanned aerial vehicles worth $185 million to provide security at the Turkish borders.

But at this stage, the main levers of pressure are held by Washington, not Turkey, which is unable to play a major role in the negotiations between Syria and Israel, Ginat said.

Landis also did not rule out that Washington could use great diplomatic influence on Israel and the Economic Partnership as leverage to pressure Israel in negotiations with Syria, with which the U.S. has also been in warm relations.

In 2005, the United States withdrew its ambassador from Syria after Damascus was charged with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who spoke against Syrian influence in the country.

Washington also imposed a series of economic sanctions against Syria because of Damascus' support for the Iranian government calling to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth."

United States included Syria in a list of countries supporting international terrorism and accuses al-Assad regime of the transfer of weapons to the Lebanese political movement Hezbollah who pursues pro-Iran policy.

However, several delegations of American senators have visited Damascus since February in a bid to restore confidence in the relations between the two countries.

Do you have any feedback? Contact our journalist at [email protected]

Iran announces readiness to commit its JCPOA commitments
Iran announces readiness to commit its JCPOA commitments
Iran's envoy reacts to IAEA chief's comments
Iran's envoy reacts to IAEA chief's comments
Iran's nuclear technology improves despite limitations
Iran's nuclear technology improves despite limitations
Loading Bars
Iran declares production data for agricultural products
Turkish Kayaturk Group company eyeing textile plant creation in Kazakhstan's capital city
Eni Turkmenistan Limited opens tender for provision of engineering, design services
Azerbaijan's State Oil Fund announces its 9M2020 revenues
WB, EU implement project for Financial Inclusion and Accountability in Georgia
Wounded Azerbaijani soldier didn't leave his comrades-in-arms alone (VIDEO)
Kazakhstan taking measures to increase e-commerce share in retail trade
Pro-Armenian persons call for terrorist attacks on strategic Azerbaijani oil, gas facilities - expert
Blood deficit recorded in Armenian Armed Forces
Sales of domestic polyethylene in Turkmenistan’s exchange increased
Support of Islamophobic caricatures by French officials - unacceptable- Iranian Foreign Ministry
Prices for land plots in Baku show growth
Georgia talks about future systematic infrastructure projects
Total assets of Georgian commercial banks up
Armenia releases another list of servicemen killed in Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan trying to fulfill all decisions of OSCE MG - military conflict expert
Armenia wanted negotiations to last forever, wanted to deceive us forever - Azerbaijani president
Member countries of Non-Aligned Movement stood up like real men and supported us - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan's Central Bank says country's money supply grows
Iran’s Sefid Dasht Steel Company boosts its production
Azerbaijan confirms 283 more COVID-19 recoveries
Central Bank of Azerbaijan reveals amount of foreign currency sold to local banks
Iran records nearly 7000 new coronavirus cases
About half of Azerbaijan's total export falls on EU
If Azerbaijan is attacked from outside, F-16s will be used, President Aliyev says
Iran boosts Turkish defense industry products' import for 9M2020
We will go to the end, all the way, says Azerbaijani president
Next panel on domestic production in several sectors of Iran to be organized
Let this jester, who danced in Shusha, on Jidirduzu, in drunken state declare that he is leaving - President of Azerbaijan
On one hand, there is talk of ceasefire, but on other, weapons being sent to Armenia - President Aliyev
Major Azerbaijani bank's profit drops
They don't ask questions, they act like a prosecutor, accuse us - President Aliyev on foreign journalists
Gold, silver prices in Azerbaijan up
Armenia must also get rid of this junta. If they cannot save themselves, we will help them - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan asserted itself both on battlefield and politically - President Aliyev
Over course of these 28 years, there have been so many useless meetings, so there is no difference - Azerbaijani president
Azerbaijan responds adequately to Armenian provocations along entire front
BP’s upstream output goes down
Azerbaijani people will not forget this injustice - President of Azerbaijan
Review of four Georgian banks that ended third quarter on high note
Enemy already running away from us we will continue to chase them, because we are right and we are strong - President of Azerbaijan
EAEU increases exports of dairy products to Turkmenistan
BP’s net wind generation capacity rises
If you want to save Armenia, tell it to leave our lands, get away immediately - President Aliyev
Frozen state of Karabakh conflict was in everyone's interests, except Azerbaijan - President Aliyev
More citizens of Georgia to receive access to natural gas in 3 years
Number of Uzbek small businesses created over 9M2020 revealed
We have created new reality, everyone has to reckon with new reality now - Azerbaijani president
If ceasefire continues and issue remains frozen again, this cannot suit us - President of Azerbaijan
Georgian Airways releases flights scheduled for November
Less than two weeks after Heydar Aliyev resigned from all posts, Armenian separatists rose up and demanded that Nagorno-Karabakh be separated from Azerbaijan - President Aliyev
Anglo Asian Mining gives update on Vejnaly contact area
Pakistan supports Azerbaijan in its just struggle - Ambassador
Iran still working on releasing its frozen funds from South Korea
EBRD allocates loan to Azerbaijani group of companies
Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers amends some rules of Cadastre Land Management Center
After Bolshevik revolution, there was great danger that Bolshevik government would hand over Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia - President Aliyev
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister to visit to Azerbaijan
BP’s net debt falls amid completion of JV with Reliance
Central Bank of Azerbaijan may receive new powers
Turkish ministry says Iraq minimizes import of domestic defense products
Azerbaijani currency rates for Oct. 27
Iran to operate desalination plant in Bandar Abbas
Liabilities of Turkey's Azerbaijani subsidiary bank notably grow
Armenian troops shelling Azerbaiajni Tartar district's city, villages
Kazakh Gas Refinery to buy construction materials via tender
Turkmenistan increases imports of dried legumes from EAEU countries
Pakistani National Bank's branch in Baku reveals its 9M2020 total assets
Kazakhstan's export volumes to Europe drop
Azerbaijani MP informs Turkish public about situation in Nagorno-Karabakh region (VIDEO)
Kazakhstan's Aktau port to buy pumps via tender
OPEC+ extension could prolong drag on overall GDP growth
Private sector may be used for modernization of power plant equipment in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijani parliament approves resolution to rename Veng village to Chinarli village
Volume of money supply in Georgia reaches new record high
Precious metal prices in Azerbaijan change
Kazakhstan's goods import from Netherlands surges
Data on 9M2020 cargo movement from Italy via Turkish ports disclosled
Turkmenistan buys various polymer products from Russia
Information about shelling of border post on territory of Armenia is false - MoD
Peaceful conditions in Karabakh needed to prevent further environmental damage - UNEP
Azerbaijani oil prices edge down
Turkey's 9M2020 export of defense industry products to Georgia grows
Georgia reports 1,824 new coronavirus cases
Kazakhstan increases iron ores production over 9M2020
Tight oil growth will never be as rampant in future
First Honorary Consulate of Ukraine opens in Azerbaijan
Liberation of Gubadli and Khanlig means breakthrough to Lachin corridor - Azerbaijani MP
Uzbekistan reveals volume of agricultural, forestry, fishery production for 9M2020
Ceasefire violations of Armenia must be considered for OSCE MG to yield concrete results - Turkish MFA
Volume of loans issued by Georgian commercial banks up
Bryansk Machine-Building Plant ready to increase locomotives supply to Turkmenistan
Iran’s Shazand Oil Refining Company supplies fuel to IRISL Group
Armenia is like Trojan horse inside CSTO - Turkish government
Russia's Bryansk Machine-Building Plant, Turkmenistan discuss terms of locomotives delivery
Cherries, grapes top list of fruits and vegetable products exported from Uzbekistan
Total volume of non-bank deposits in Georgian banking sector up
Azerbaijani MFA calls on int'l organizations to investigate breach of children rights by Armenia
Singapore ready to share with Uzbekistan experience in forming digital gov’t
France's import of defense industry goods from Turkey decline
All news