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Could Israel and Syria be on the verge of a breakthrough in their exchanges on the peace process? According to the pan-Arab satellite television station Al Arabiya, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has relayed to the Syrian President Bashar Assad, through French President Nicolas Sarkozy, an expression of interest on renewing peace negotiations.
The same report says that Netanyahu expressed willingness to withdraw from the Golan to the borders of June 4, 1967. Netanyahu also reportedly stressed that he is interested in a meeting with Assad, without preconditions.
The Prime Minister’s Bureau yesterday denied reports that Netanyahu had relayed a message to Assad. However, political sources in Jerusalem said yesterday that Netanyahu is also examining the possibility that France will replace Turkey as a mediator between Israel and Syria.
In recent days the Syrian president has made a number of declarations on peace with Israel. Earlier this week he warned that if negotiations fail this would lead to “resistance” as an alternative.
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