Assad: Israel's demands indicate it's not genuine about peace

If Israel continues to demand that the diplomatic negotiations with Damascus resume without taking into account progress made in the earlier talks in the 1990s, it will indicate that Israel is not serious about reaching a deal with Syria, Syrian President Bashar Assad said. "This demonstrates that Israel does not want peace and is not willing to reach it," Assad was quoted as saying Thursday by Kuwait's state news agency KUNA. "We are now testing the water... and this means regaining the occupied Golan... and if we reach a solution on this issue then what remains are other issues that are the second stage of talks," he continued.