Monday, May 16, 2005
Reliable Iraqi sources in Jordan said Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has recently met with "an Israeli military figure" who presented the president with a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, ynet reported Sunday. Jalal Talabani"Reliable" Iraqi sources always somehow seem to be found in Jordan, don't they? If true, then it's another positive development towards normalization of the situation in the madhouse of the Middle East, but it could also be a part of the long-standing campaign to smear the Kurds and the new Iraqi government in the eyes of the region's Arabs. Either way, there's been many stories already (a lot of them from the Iranian media, but also from Seymour Hersh) about covert Israeli intelligence and commercial activities in Northern Iraq. Hopefully, one day the region will be normal enough to allow for overt relations.
The sources further added, without providing details on where the meeting took place, that Talabani responded with a letter addressed to Sharon in which he emphasized positive developments in Israeli-Iraqi relations are expected within the next three months, including the exchange of diplomatic representatives between the countries.