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DEPARTMENT FOR PA, NEA/ARN, INR/IC/CD, INR/R/MR:STHIBEAULT AND
JMCCARTER, VOA NEWS CA, NEA/PPD:CBOURGEOIS, AZAIBACK, AND
AFERNANDEZ, IIP/G/NEA-SA MDAVIDSON
WHITE HOUSE FOR NSC
CENTCOM FOR CCPA

E.O. 12958; N/A
TAGS: KMDR PREL KPAO OPRC SY
SUBJECT: Syria/Denmark, Syria/Japan, Golan, Palestinian
Territories, Iraq, Lebanon, Bush/Putin (7/3)

1. Summary: Syrian papers on July 3 reported Foreign Minister
Mouallem's meeting on July 2 with Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig
Moeller, who reiterated the importance of the pivotal role Syria
plays in achieving security and stability in the region,
particularly supporting efforts to restore Iraq's full sovereignty,
territorial integrity and national reconciliation. Talks also dealt
with the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly in
Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. FM Mouallem reiterated Syria's support
for efforts to hold a Palestinian dialogue aiming at realizing
Palestinian unity to confront continued Israeli occupation, and at
ending intra-Palestinian fighting. FM Mouallem also stressed the
need to back Lebanese concord within a framework of respect for
Lebanese constitutional institutions.

Papers also featured a statement by General Ali Habib, Chief of
Staff of the Syria Army and Armed Forces, at a graduation ceremony
held on July 2 for a group of graduate officers from the Political
Military College. General Ali Habib reviewed current dangers in the
region, noting that "the prevailing chaos, instability, and
subservience are the result of the single power domination of
decision-making centers and control of political tracks in a way
that serves US interests by interfering in the affairs and countries
of the region and implementing plans and programs that seek to
conquer the Arab will, exploit Arab resources, and control their
potentials." General Habib stressed that the colonialist US-Zionist
policy in the region is today "facing a real crisis as a result of
the successive failures it is suffering in Palestine, Iraq, and
Lebanon."

On Syrian-Japanese relations, papers cited a statement by Japanese
Foreign Minister Taro Aso on July 2 expressing satisfaction over
developments in bilateral relations between Syria and Japan in the
political, economic and cultural domains. During a meeting with
Syria's ambassador in Tokyo, Dr. Qahtan al-Syoufi, Aso reiterated
the importance of Syria as a pivotal country which has political
weight in the region and a key role in helping to achieve stability
and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

End of summary.

2. Selected Headlines:

"The Israeli army conducts military maneuvers in the Golan"
(Independent al-Watan, 7/3)

"A graduation ceremony is held for a new batch of graduate officers
of the political college under President Asad's patronage. General
Habib, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces: A dangerous stage of
chaos prevails in the region due to a single-polar policy"
(Government-owned Al-Thawra, 7/3)

"Foreign Minister Mouallem confers with Danish Foreign Minister Per
Stig Moeller. Moeller: Syria is concerned about security in the
region" (Government-owned Al-Thawra, 7/3)

"Japanese Foreign Minister: Syria is a pivotal state in the region"
(Government-owned Al-Thawra, 7/3)

"Europeans see America as the major source of danger for peace in
the region. Attacks against US forces are on the rise in Iraq"
(Government-owned
Al-Thawra, 7/3)

"A hot July still at the beginning... Five US soldiers killed in one
day. After Diyala, US forces take revenge in al-Diwanieh"
(Government-owned Tishreen, 7/3)

"Warnings continue of the consequences of Israeli blackmail of the
Palestinian Authority. Martyrdom of Palestinian activist as Israeli
assaults continue" (Government-owned Tishreen, 7/3)

"Israeli attacks continue in the West Bank and Gaza Strip"
(Government-owned Al-Thawra, 7/3)

"More than 40 Saudis fought under Fateh al-Islam. Lahoud warns
against the governing team's adventures to reach the presidency"

(Government-owned Al-Ba'th, 7/3)

"Difference over the Iranian nuclear file and the missile shield
persist in the Bush-Putin meeting" (Government-owned Al-Ba'th, 7/3)

3. Editorial Block Quotes:

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"History Records But Has No Mercy"

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Izz-al-Din al-Darwish, an editorialist in government-owned Tishreen,
wrote (7/3): "Arabs' failure to act to prevent the construction of
the separation wall in the West Bank, despite the ruling against the
wall from the International Court of Justice, encouraged Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to propose that Europeans fund two
similar walls on the borders with Lebanon and Syria....

"The walls entrench Israel's racist policy and perpetuate its
occupation.... This is how Olmert thinks, and it is in this
provocative and haughty manner that he deals with Arab impotence and
tries to take as much advantage of it as possible. In this, he also
benefits from the positions of some Arabs, who not only keep silent
on and submit to what Israel wants, but also help, in one way or
another, to advance Israel's plans, justify its practices, and lay
the blame on the Arab resistance and opposition.

"History, which is recording all these Arab absurdities, will have
mercy on no one.

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"Relinquishing Palestine and Combating its Resistance"

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Nasr Shamali, a columnist in government-owned Tishreen, wrote (7/3):
"The official Arab order is contributing to the attempt to bury and
wipe out Palestine and Palestinians. If Palestinians raise their
voices, fists, and guns to reject this burial and disappearance, the
official Arab order labels them terrorists and agents for Syria and
Iran. Support for Palestine and the Palestinian people has become a
big crime....

"But things will not stop at this point. The alignment process
continues in the region, and it will result in the emergence of two
fronts: The front of Americans and Israelis and their allies, such
as the Lebanese government and its supporters, and the front of Arab
and Islamic resistance, which is supported by the overwhelming
majority of the Arab nation and by countries like Syria and Iran.
As the resistance makes constant progress, like that which we see in
Iraq in particular, and as the earth continues to shake under the
feet of the rulers of Washington and their wild usurious companies,
we will certainly see American and Israeli forces fighting shoulder
to shoulder with the forces of their regional allies! What is so
strange here? It is already happening in Iraq, and it is almost
happening in Lebanon, and also in Palestine...!

"But the thing that we must realize is that these horrible and
almost unbelievable phenomena indicate that the decisive round, the
round of victory and salvation, is drawing nearer."

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"Channels of Dialogue Must Remain Open"

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Muhammad Suwwan, a commentator in government-owned Al-Ba'th, wrote
(7/3): "The formation of the Palestinian emergency government was a
step toward achieving security and political stability in the
occupied Palestinian territories, and especially toward the removal
of the stifling economic siege on the Palestinian people....

"The continuation of dialogue and contacts among Palestinian
factions is an inevitable and essential option for all parties to
establish one legitimate authority, one law, and one resistance
weapon in all the Palestinian territories...."

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"Palestine and an Inevitable Dialogue"

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Khurshid Dalli, an editorialist in independent al-Watan, wrote
(7/3): "Despite all the pains and wounds that the Gaza incidents
have left, national dialogue remains the only way to resolve
intra-Palestinian differences....

"Palestinians must be aware of the dangers of political and
geographic splits..... Palestinian factions must agree on a
national program, share responsibilities, set common priorities, and
adopt the people's ambitions and concerns as programs and
strategies...."

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"Wrong Vision"

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Muhammad Khayr al-Jammali, an editorialist in government-owned
Al-Thawra, wrote (7/3): "President Bush has a very mistaken vision
about Israel's democracy.... Israel is a racist state that, since
its establishment, has pursued a policy of perpetrating racist
genocide against Arabs, destroying their culture, settling on their
land, killing them mercilessly, isolating them, and preventing them
from interacting in their villages and areas....
Israel also excludes Eastern Jews from the influential centers of
power....

"President Bush's love for Israel's democracy stems from his
ignorance of the real history of Israel and the countries of the
region.... This ignorance is a result of a flagrant bias toward
Israel and a racist hatred toward Arabs and Muslims."

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"Democracy of Massacres"

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Umar Jaftali, a commentator in government-owned Tishreen, wrote
(7/3): "When the American army kills 350 Iraqi citizens in Diyala
in what looks like a mass killing and kills 26 others in Al-Sadr
City in one day, and when President George Bush then comes to say he
will make Iraq a model of democracy in the region, no sensible man
can be fooled by these lies and this colonialist political
charlatanism on the part of the US Administration....

"Iraq is experiencing a real disaster as a result of the policy of
President Bush and the Zionist gang in his administration...."

Corbin

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