Baath-regimet forsvarer seg med nebb og klør. Igår ble en kjkent journalistkritiker drept i Beirut. Den 27. mai holdt Farouk Kaddoumi et møte i Damaskus med alle palestinske fraksjoner som er mot Abu Mazens forhandlingslinje.
Som om ikke det var nok; forrige fredag prøveskjøt Syria tre Scud-raketter, og en av dem falt ned over tyrkisk territorium.
The Israeli officials say they are disturbed by Mr. Assad’s recent actions, including the missile tests and the killing of an anti-Syrian journalist, Samir Kassir, in a car bombing on Thursday outside his home in Beirut. Mr. Kassir openly blamed Syria for the death of Mr. Hariri.
Israeli officials say Syria continues to have intelligence agents in Lebanon, even though all uniformed military personnel have left. The officials say Syria continues to support terrorism in Iraq as well as sponsoring Islamic Jihad, which has been trying to smuggle suicide bombers into Israel, including a cell that intended to blow up two buses in Jerusalem on Thursday.
Syria also played host to a May 22 meeting of Farouk Kaddoumi, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, with the leaders of all the militant Palestinian factions and publicized the meeting, the senior Israeli official said. «Kaddoumi wants to derail Abu Mazen,» the common name for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who has called for an end to violence against Israeli civilians, the senior official said. «The message from Syria to the Palestinians is not to stop shooting,» he said.