Syria and Israel have held secret negotiations over the Syrian Golan Heights, which Israel has occupied since 1967.
The talks took place last year, as well as in 2004.
Both sides agreed Israel would have to withdraw to the 1967 borders, ending Israel’s occupation of Syrian land, and setting up a peace treaty between the two countries.
Syria is said to have agreed to end support for Hizbollah and Hamas. Part of the Syrian Golan Heights would be open for Israelis to use as a national park, once Israel returns it to Syria.
No date was set for all of this to happen, but it’s important that they both agreed what they would be prepared to do.
The talks happened in Europe, with the most recent discussion taking place during Israel’s war on Lebanon in July and August.
It broke down when Syria asked for the negotations to be made public.
Both sides have denied knowledge of the talks (that is common practise with secret talks), but it could set up a framework for formal negotiations, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.