Why Syria's Assad May Be Ready To Deal

Syria's President Hafez al-Assad and recently elected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak haven't exactly formed a mutual admiration society. But an exchange of respectful statements between the two leaders suggests that a solution to the toughest part of the Arab-Israeli conflict could be near. In the past, Syria resisted Middle East deals and blocked wider peace in the region. But now, the Syrians are publicly calling for talks to end 50 years of hostilities.

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