Israel calls on Lebanon to talk peace

Israel on Wednesday urged Lebanon to open peace talks. Government spokesman Mark Regev said Israel was interested in "direct, bilateral" talks and ready to put "every issue of contention" on the table, including a key border dispute over a tiny patch of land Israel controls. Regev's comments were the government's most explicit overture toward Lebanon. Last week, when Olmert hinted Israel would be interested in talks with Beirut, the Lebanese government rejected them. On Wednesday, a Lebanese government official said that position hadn't changed. In the past, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora has said his country would be the last to make peace with the Jewish state.