Israel Begs to Differ With Pelosi Statement

PM's office distances itself from speaker's promise of talks
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2007 10:46 AM CDT
House Speaker Pelosi in Saudi Arabia   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The Israeli PM is backing off from Nancy Pelosi's suggestion yesterday that an Israeli-Syrian summit is in the offing. Pelosi told reporters that she had conveyed to  Syria's Bashar al-Assad a message that Ehud Olmert was "ready to engage in peace talks." Olmert's office quickly responded that it hadn't communicated any change in its Syria policy to the house speaker.

"Although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, that country continues to be part of the Axis of Evil and a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle East," Olmert's office said in a statement, adding that it would sit down with Assad when Syria decides to "act like a normal country."