"We did so [peace] with Egypt and Jordan and we aspire to do so with Syria and the Palestinians. We can achieve this with two conditions: The first is that we hold negotiations without preconditions." - Netanyahu (Haaretz, 22 Feb. 2010) Netanyahu ran (2009) on an election platform which offered Syria only peace for peace, with a promise to strengthen Golan settlements. Offering talks with no pre-conditions was "progress" for him, except that of course he did not mean what he said. Previously he explained the no-talks situation with Syria by: "to our sorrow", the Syrians are continuing to supply Hizballah, and now it is Iran. Forget it, Netanyahu. The Syrians are part of the Iran system for their protection, and they support Hizballah as part of this deal and in order to pressure Israel. They are not going to "disarm" before a peace agreement is achieved. Talks should proceed without preconditions, as both Assad and Netanyahu stated. Of course, both sides know what a deal-breaker for the other side is. Israel needs security and Syria needs the Golan back. How to achieve both things will be what the talks are, and were about already in the days of Papa Assad and Barak, were there were No Preconditions.
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