So Syria was attempting to negotiate a peace deal with Israel, until Olmert walked away over the summer. The deal-breaking condition for Olmert? That the negotiations go public.
No wonder Netanyahu's leading in the polls again. I don't know what the hell is up here. Damascus and Jerusalem are both denying this report, for what it's worth. I'm not sure I believe them -- there's been rumours since before Sharon took office of negotiations between Syria and Israel.