Israel wants to start talks that would culminate with a permanent peace agreement with Syria, a top aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said On Thursday, adding, however, that Jerusalem would continue to react against any threats to its safety.
Speaking after a meeting between Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Nir Hefetz, head of the National Information Directorate in the prime minister's bureau, said the two wished to emphasize their commitment to peace with Israel's neighbor to the north.
Hefetz said that Lieberman and Netanyahu wished to clarify that the "government's policy is clear, that Israel desires peace and to engage in unconditional talks with Syria."
"At the same time," Hefetz added, "Israel would continue to assertively and decisively react against any threat made against it."
Shortly after the PM's message, Defense Minister E
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