Syria rejects FM Livni's call to cut ties with Iran and Arab terror groups

A Syrian government paper rejects Israel's demand that Damascus should cut its ties with Iran and Arab militant groups as a condition for peace agreement with the Jewish State. The state-run Tishrin says in Saturday's editorial that any preconditions to a deal would "put the carriage before the horse" and Syria's relations with other nations were not on the bargaining table. Saturday's editorial in the paper, which reflects official policy, comes in response to comments two days earlier by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni that Syria had to stop supporting Hizbullah and Hamas and cut ties with Iran. On Wednesday, Israel and Syria announced a resumption of peace talks after an eight-year break.