assad ha always stated that he will talk only through intermidiaries, namely turkey. assad has always stated that he will talk only if it is understood that israel will give back the golan in its entirety. assad has always stated that even if he gets back the golan, he will not renounce syria's defence pact with iran. furthermore, assad said that he will continue to arm hezbollah and hamas. all of this has been reported time and again by the very left leaning haaretz.
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from the article: Netanyahu would meet Assad 'any time, any place'