Olmert denies he initiated talks with Syria

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied on Sunday weekend report that he had asked US President George W. Bush to allow Israel to begin talks with Syria. Sources close to NU-NRP MK Effi Eitam said that the prime minister had spoken with Eitam and assured him that Israel had no contact with Syria. Eitam was vocal in his criticism of Olmert following a report Friday in Yediot Aharonot that Israel had been sending secret messages to Syria.