Syria Warns Israel: Evading Peace Will Lead to Mideast War

Syrian FM Walid Moallem says window of opportunity for Mideast peace is slowly closing, warns that new war could cause great damage due to advanced military technology.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem on Friday criticized stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, warning that closing the horizons to peace could lead to war in the Middle East.

In an interview with the Russian newspaper Moscow News, Moallem accused Israel of evading peace and said that the window of opportunity for a peace deal is slowly closing.

"The possibility of war always exists in our region since Israel almost always scandalously evades the commitment to peace," said Moallem. "There is no doubt that closing the horizons to peace could lead to war," he said.

Moallem warned of the ramifications of a new Middle Eastern war emerging, saying that in a new war everyone will lose due to the existing advanced military technology which could cause great damage even for the side with the greater military might.

On Tuesday, Syria condemned an Israeli bill that sets tough requirements for any withdrawal from the Golan Heights or East Jerusalem, saying it was further proof that the Israeli government was not interested in peace.

A Syrian Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday the bill makes a mockery of international laws and UN Security Council resolutions.

Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War, and has demanded its return as the foundation of any peace agreement.