Egypt passed Israel a peacemaking message from Bashar Assad.
The Syrian president gave a message to his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, who delivered it to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during their meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Wednesday, Jerusalem sources said. But they had no details on the contents of the message.
Arab media reported that Assad, who has tried to revive peace talks with Israel on condition that Syria recovers the Golan Heights, proposed that the strategic territory be demilitarized and secured by American and other foreign troops for a decade after it is ceded by the Olmert government.
Israeli and Egyptian officials declined comment. Syria did not immediately respond to the reports.