Israel has rejected peace talks with Syria.
Syria has been offering talks on full recognition for the past seven years – and hasn’t even got a response.
That was until recently. Israel announced it would ‘test’ Bashar, and call his bluff by offering peace talks.
But Olmert set the bar so high that it knew Syria would say no – and that would paint Syria as the obstruction to peace in the region. Israel demanded that if the Occupied Golan Heights were returned to Syria, Syria would have to ‘rent’ the Golan Heights back to Israel.
So when Syria didn’t immediately say no, some in Israel – and Washington – started to get a bit jittery. Olmert has now retracted his offer, saying simply that the time “isn’t right”.
Interesting to see where Ehud Olmert made the announcement. During talks with President Bush at the White House.