Yishai: As long as Syria tied to Hizbullah, Iran, talks are a mistake

As long as Syria maintains its connection to Hizbullah and Iran, negotiations between Damascus and Jerusalem are a mistake, and will only serve to save Syria from its troubles, Industry, Trade, and Labor minister Eli Yishai said on Sunday. "As long as [Syrian President Bashar] Assad does not free himself from the 'Axis of Evil,' and remains connected to Iran and Hizbullah, talks give him legitimacy and only frees him from his troubles, and this is a mistake," Yishai said during the weekly cabinet meeting. "We took great steps for peace, both with Assad and with [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas," Yishai continued. "All the ministers and prime ministers already said what they are ready to give, but the other side is not even willing to recognize Israel."