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Israel Urges Syria to End Terror Support

Israel reacted with caution Tuesday to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s call for renewed peace talks, saying Syria should prove its intentions by ending support for militant groups. Assad asked the United States to push for renewal of peace talks between his country and Israel in an interview with The New York Times published Monday. The Syrian leader said a peace deal was 80 percent complete when talks broke down in early 2000. Both Syria and Israel have said they were willing to resume negotiations. Syria wants to begin at the stage where talks left off. Israel says there can be no preconditions. “We welcome any initiative or approach by any Arab leader to talk about or renew peace negotiations with Israel and this includes Syria,” said Zalman Shoval, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Full Story

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