May 27, 2008 | David Schenker
When Israel announced on May 21, 2008, that it had officially resumed negotiations with Syria in Turkey, not surprisingly, the Assad regime merely pocketed this diplomatic gain, providing no sign that it had any intention to meet Israeli requirements. It does not make sense for Israel to be pushing ahead with negotiations now.
May 22, 2008 | Amb. Dore Gold
Israeli negotiators will quickly discover three core areas in their discussions with the Syrians that they will not resolve easily: delineation of an agreed boundary, security arrangements, and the Syrian-Iranian alliance. The U.S. has given Israel repeated diplomatic assurances in the past that Israel will not have to come down from the Golan Heights.