Activists complain against Peace Now

Movement hangs Syrian flags on road to J'lem following PM's Monday interview.

Israel Syria flags 298.8 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Israel Syria flags 298.8
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Drivers traveling along the main road into Jerusalem on Tuesday morning were greeted by alternating Israeli and Syrian flags hung by Peace Now activists overnight Monday. Army Radio reported that right-wing activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben Gvir of the National Jewish Front movement were quick to respond, filing a complaint with the police that hanging Syrian flags on Israeli sovereign soil was against the law, Syria's status of an enemy state being in effect ever since the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The Peace Now initiative was a response to clips from an Al Arabiya interview aired on Channel 10 Monday evening, during which Olmert invited Assad to Jerusalem to "talk peace, not war." Late Monday night Damascus had rejected Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's offer to hold peace talks with President Bashar Assad. Syrian parliament member Muhammad Habash said that Damascus did not believe Olmert's overtures were serious, this despite the fact that Olmert's interview was the first appearance by an Israeli prime minister on a major Arabic news station in over six years.