To Avraham, a fellow Californian: I liked your post, but the first part is simply a fantasy, or as we say, "futile". Neither Syria nor any other Arab country will make peace, in our lifetime. It will take something significant to FORCE them to negotiate responsibly. Remember, Barak offered Arafat a state...including part of Jerusalem. The Arabs said no. It's so evident, It's amazing few see the problem. The 3 nos after 67 still stand. Livni spoke with heads of 2 Arab states..yet the Arab League dismissed her talks, since Israel didn't accept the Saudi Plan. (She was not there to negotiate, that's for Olmert under the Road Map provisions). Now Israeli-Arabs are demanding the right of return of their brethren and a Palestinian state. Syria looks at Iraq and sees US in disarray. Iran is 1 year from the bomb. Hezbollah won't disappear no matter Syria. Hamas has a goal. So why talk to Syria..what has Israel to gain? Israel should keep the Golan..lost fairly and squarely in 67.
Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra (Reuters)
from the article: Mossad chief says Syria won't break Hezbollah ties