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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will convey an Israeli message to Syria that the country must stop supporting Palestinian militants before Israel will engage in peace talks, Israel said Sunday.
Pelosi met Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during the Israel part of her Mideast tour, which drew criticism from the White House because of her planned stop in Syria.
"Pelosi is conveying that Israel is willing to talk if they (Syria) would openly take steps to stop supporting terrorism," Olmert's spokeswoman Miri Eisin said. "But at this point the Syrian government, by openly backing terror all around the Middle East, is not a partner for negotiations."
The Role of the Congress
Who Makes U.S. Foreign Policy?
Congress controls the purse strings, so they have a lot of influence over all kinds of federal issues - including foreign policy. Most important is the oversight role played by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House International Relations Committee.
The House and Senate Committees
The Senate committee has a special role to play because the Senate has to approve all treaties and all nominations to key foreign policy postings. Members, therefore, have a great deal of influence on how U.S. foreign policy is conducted and who represents the United States around the world.
The House committee has less authority, but still plays an important in passing the foreign affairs budget and in investigating how that money is used.
Senate and House members often travel abroad on fact-finding missions to places deemed vital to U.S. national interests.
Pelosi Meeting With Syria's Assad Undermines Bush
While she should be supported for wanting to take the initiative to clear up misconceptions, she must remember she is the Speaker of the House, not Secretary of State who has been taken a policy totally in opposite to that of Pelosi.
Playing foreign policy games outside the scope of your assignment is a very dangerous game. Here, Pelosi is undermining the Administration after voting on a very important legislative instrument calling for the gradual cutting off of funding.
Pelosi has a role in foreign policy and it is not being Secretary of State. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad must be laughing all the way to bank waiving the flag—Mission Accomplished.
"And together we must have a simple message for Tehran, whose support of Hezbollah is well known: Iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. The time to leverage all our power is now, and the way to do it is through diplomacy, with stronger sanctions and smarter policy choices."
She added that Iran "is a problem for the world."
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Does anyone else find this disturbing,
Pelosi shrugs off White House criticism
Pelosi, who is leading a congressional delegation on a fact-finding tour of the Middle East, said she would speak to the Syrians about Iraq, their role in the fight against terrorism, their support for militant groups such as Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas - whose exiled leaders live in Damascus - as well their influence in Lebanon.
Washington has accused Damascus of not doing enough to stop militants from crossing the Syrian-Iraqi border to join the Iraqi insurgency and stoking tensions in Lebanon.
A member of the delegation, Rep. Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California, said the group had no illusions about their visit to Damascus.
"We are going with the clear intention of making our position crystal clear to the Syrian leadership, basically indicating that it is in their interest to return to a position where they can be part of the positive forces in this region and not be in tight alliance with Ahmedinejad's Iran," Lantos said, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.