I read an interesting article in France 24, about the negotiations between Israel and Syria over the Golan Heights. They are negotiating through Turkey, and have recently made enough progress that Israel has announced that they are willing to give up the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria. This is a big deal, I think. (I am not a scholar in this area, by any stretch of the imagination.)
But the interesting quote that stood out for me is in bold below:
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert assured Erdogan of his readiness to return the Golan, and this was relayed to Syria a week ago, Assad said.
"What we now need is to find common ground through the Turkish mediator," he said, adding that any negotiations with Israel would be conducted via Ankara.
Direct negotiations may become possible under the next US administration, the Syrian president said.
Huh. It seems odd to me that the current BushCo administration, who is purportedly focused on bringing peace to the Middle East (snicker, snicker, guffaw), would not be interested in, and supportive of, this deal. It is equally interesting that the Syrian president is assuming that the Democrats will win, and will be more amenable to assisting in the peace process. They can't possibly think that John McCain will be any different than BushCo. So, I am assuming they don't expect McCain to win.