There are reports Syria and Israel have reached agreements on a series of proposals which hopefully will result in an end to their conflict and resolution of all outstanding issues between the two nations. According to a report in Maariv, both nations informed Turkish mediators who have been working for peace between the nations, they have agreed to bite the bullet and bring peace to the region. The agreement includes: (a) ending the state of war between Syria and Israel, and (b) exchange ambassadors and establish diplomatic relations. Israel promises to withdraw all troops from the Golan Heights and the area will be demilitarized. Syria agrees to reduce the number of its troops which are currently stationed near the area. An early warning station manned by international forces will be placed on Mount Hermon.
Terms of the proposed agreement include Syria cutting off its close ties with Iran which most probably would include forbidding Syria from supplying terrorist groups such as Hizbullah. If hopefully, the agreement is finally signed and goes into effect, it once again demonstrates the importance of getting third party nations like Turkey involved in peace negotiations within the Middle East and having Condi Rice and Americans remain out of the picture. The United States as this point in time is simply not regarded as an impartial nation in any negotiations dealing with the Middle East.