Syria says peace with Israel 'not optimistic'

Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara said on Thursday that peace with Israel is "not optimistic" as the Jewish state and the United States do not want peace with it.

Syria says peace with Israel 'not optimistic'
Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara said on Thursday that peace with Israel is "not optimistic" as the Jewish state and the United States do not want peace with it.

"We are not optimistic (on peace with Israel)," Shara told reporters, adding that Israel and the U.S. do not want to make peace either with the Palestinians or with Syria.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also played down chances for peace with Syria during a visit to the United States.

However, reports in Israel earlier this month said Olmert had offered through secret channels to restart peace talks with Damascus.

Syria responded that it was prepared to renew peace talks with Israel based upon the land-for-peace principle and without preconditions.

Peace talks between Syria and Israel foundered in 2000 largely over the fate of the strategic Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
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