Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

U.S. Official: Crackdown Means Syria Has No Peace Process Role

Syria has no peace process role as long as its repression continues, a top Obama administration official said.

“Our objective remains comprehensive peace, without question, and an Israeli-Syrian agreement is a component of that,” the senior administration official said Tuesday in a background conversation with journalists. “But we can’t really contemplate a peace negotiation with someone who is actively killing their own people, 1,300, as I understand it, up to date. So that’s essentially going to be the situation there for now.”

The official also said that Obama’s top Middle East envoys, Dennis Ross and David Hale, are in the region on Wednesday and Thursday for the second time in a week to press Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations.

The Palestinians have expressed interest in Obama’s parameters, announced May 19, as a basis for negotiation. These include basing talks on 1967 lines, with mutually agreed land swaps, and a non-militarized Palestinian state, with security guarantees for Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far resisted accepting the 1967 lines formulation.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.