YNet News (Link) - Roee Nahmias (January 1, 2011)
A Kuwaiti newspaper reported Saturday that there is “unprecedented Syrian willingness” to enter back into negotiations with Israel.
The report, which is based on US sources among others, stated that Washington is engaged in secret talks with Syrian senior officials regarding peace talks with Israel. The report has not been confirmed by any other source.
According to the report, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem signaled the US two weeks ago that “the Syrians are ready to reopen direct talks with Israel and achieve peace.” Moallem is in close contact with US government official Dennis Ross.
US President Barack Obama believes, based on such sources, that peace between Israel and Syria would help advance the region. There are no further details regarding the Syrian messages to the US, however Ross has informed the administration that he has “discerned unprecedented Syrian willingness to distance itself from Iran, cool off relations with Hezbollah and Hamas and cooperate with the US on the war on terror.” The report also noted that Israel has shown willingness to withdraw from the Golan Heights.