Assad: "direct negotiations on condition the Syrians break their ties with Iran and rejectionist organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Assad said Israel would not commit to withdrawing from the Golan Heights" It does rather sound like (a) Israel is setting pre-conditions and (b) Israel is demanding something for nothing. After all, Assad has to cut those ties BEFORE Israel agrees to talk, and all he gets in return is a "promise" that Israel will sit down and "talk". Well, whoop-de-dooo!
UN to hold off on separate Afghan bombing probe for now (Reuters)
from the article: Israel spurned Qatar's Gaza offer after Egypt protest