It is pretty clear that the US and Israel intend to take on Iran and Syria this year. This, I suspect, is why this story is leaking now. I notice that a story which I had not encountered in the US press has appeared here finally. It is the story about how Iran offered a comprehensive solution of issues between the nations and Israel in 2003. The offer was rejected out of hand by the Bush administration. Much as the Olmert government is rejection out of hand any negotiation with Syria. I suspect folks are leaking to try and head off a major war by offering broad evidence that the nation with intent to start a war is not Syria.
Turkish official: 2 Vice News journalists freed from jail (AP)
from the article: Switzerland says it mediated in informal Israel-Syria peace talks