Leak: Palestinians were Olmert's priority, not Syrian peace

May 4, 2011 16:51

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2006 had indicated the he wanted to make peace with Syria but the "Palestinian track" was his first priority, according to a document released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

According to the US diplomatic cable from a meeting between US Senator Arlen Specter and Olmert on December 27, 2006, Specter said that Syrian President Bashar Assad had expressed an inclination to exert pressure on the terror group Hamas and that the Syrian leader and pledged to cooperate with the UN tribunal on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Specter also mentioned that Assad said he would cooperate with the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1701, the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon following the summer 2006 war between the two.

Olmert signaled that he expected credible indication of seriousness from Assad before considering negotiations with the country, the cable says.

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