Israel Prime Minister Popularity Rises After Syrian Raids

Prime Minister Olmert’s rating in Israel jumped from 25% to 35% after he ordered an attack on certain targets in Syria. There is a news blackout on anything to do with the raid and reports range from its target being a “nuclear facility’ in Syria to Iranian arms headed toward Hizbullah forces in Lebanon. Yesterday, Prime Minister Olmert said Israel was always ready to engage in peace negotiations with Syria if the conditions were so as to ensure success in such discussions.

It is difficult to imagine if a nation seeks peace negotiations that its prelude is launching an air strike at the nation which it seeks to negotiate important issues. I suspect Olmert was using the air strike for his own political purposes. The prime minister has yet to demonstrate a commitment to peace in the region.