After Israel and Syria announced this week they were renewing peace talks, the question on the minds of many was: Why now? Iran and Hezbollah’s rising power, new Israeli willingness to cede the Golan, the fading influence of the Bush White House and Ehud Olmert’s domestic troubles all are being cited as possible factors. JTA managing editor Uriel Heilman talks with diplomatic correspondent Leslie Susser in Jerusalem about the prospects of and motivations behind Israeli-Syrian peace talks.
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