Added by James Morley on October 13, 2010
Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, officially launched accusations towards Israel on Monday, October 11, 2010, for hindering the peace process between the two countries.
The Syrian President stated that the atmosphere created by ideas which have been put forward by some countries is not positive and that he does not know whether Syria will continue the process or not since the Arab side has shown it’s truly interested in peace, while Israel on the other hand has explicitly worked against it.
By this, President al-Assad was referring to the tries of the United States and France to stimulate relaunching talks between Syria and Israel that ended back in 2008 without any progress.
Damascus requested for the Israeli to be pulled out from the Golan and is still sticking to its demand. Golan is a strategic plateau that was occupied by Israel during the Middle East War back in 1967.
The only talks that have advanced until a while ago were mediated by Turkey, which also pulled back after an aid ship that carried Turkish activists was attacked by Israeli while heading for the Gaza Strip, clearly defying an Israeli blockade.
Up until now, Israeli has been willing to discuss with Syria only without preconditions.