Meanwhile, On the Other Side of the World

This can’t be bad news:

JERUSALEM, Sept. 1 – The foreign ministers of Israel and Pakistan met publicly for the first time today, a diplomatic breakthrough brokered by Turkey that appeared to be a first payoff for the Israeli pullout from the occupied Gaza Strip.

The Israeli foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, in a jubilant mood, called the meeting at an Istanbul hotel “historic” and “a huge breakthrough.”

Interesting that Turkey brokered the meeting. For a while, Turkey and Israel enjoyed a de facto military alliance – one that cooled in recent years. Maybe Turkey is ready to mend some fences?

(If so, Syria is probably more to blame than Sharon’s pullout from Gaza is to thank.)