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    I don't recall anything specifically in 2008, but for the most part what has happened since the early 90's is that the two parties make an agreement to have discussions. Sometimes they talked, sometimes they didn't, but if there were any formal offers from either side, they didn't get very far. Talks would break up and both sides went home. Syria still has a claim and Israel still has the land acquired subsequent to multiple hostile actions on the part of Syria. Bottom line is that nothing substantive has happened in almost 46 years.

    •  Israel is still occupying the land and refusing (0+ / 0-)

      peace treaties offered with very reasonable terms, and is still illegally settling the occupied land while illegally pressuring the local inhabitants to vacate.

      Not even the US under Bush disagreed with the UN's condemnation of the Israeli mistreatment of the Syrians living in the Golan Heights.  A resolutions demanding the end of the abuses passed 161-1.  Only Israel voted against.

      It was very widely reported that Barak's cowardice was the only barrier in 2000, when the Clinton team laid the blame squarely at his feet.  Israel simply refused, with no sound basis, to agree to return the Syrian land in a 100 meter strip on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.

      In 2007, Olmert reached an agreement for returning all of the Golan Heights only to have it quashed by Bibi, who publicly insisted that Mount Hermon must remain in Israeli hands.

      "Syria has a claim" accepted by the entire planet except Israel.  No other nation, including even nations like the US which are consumed with obscene racist bigotry against Arabs, questions that claim.

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      by JesseCW on Wed May 08, 2013 at 02:30:56 PM PDT

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