Israel says it is ready to give back the Syrian Golan Heights
...is the deceptive headline.
Yes, Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he is willing to give Syria sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights IF Syria 'leases' the territory back to Israel for 25 years.
So, Israel is saying, we are prepared to keep your land, but admit that it is yours.
40 years of waiting - for that.
Israel says it has launched secret talks (so secret Israel has already made them public). And today, Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz says Syria has failed to respond to its generous offer.
Israel is setting Syria up to be the 'obstruction' to peace in the region.
Syria - don't forget - has been offering unconditional peace talks for the past seven years, but with no response.