Bashir Assad, the President of Syria, has repeatedly offered peace talks with Israel. Most recently he has added that he has no preconditions for negotiations — he is not even demanding that Israel promise in advance to return the Golan Heights. The response of Ehud Olmert has been astonishing. We can't, Israel's Prime Minister says, act against our friend, George W. Bush, who has no interest in an accommodation between Israel and Syria.
Therefore, Israel refuses to grasp the hand that Syria has offered.
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