Specter carries message from Israel to Syria


WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter carried a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Specter (R-Pa.) met Sunday with Olmert in Israel, where he said he "got a review of the Syrian negotiations" from the Israeli prime minister, the Jerusalem Post reported. He left Israel Monday, and refused to discuss the details of the message he was carrying.

"I believe the efforts to isolate Syria have not been successful," Specter told the paper. "We ought to try to change things. President [Bill] Clinton tried to do a good job in 1995 and 2000, and I think it ought to be pursued."

On Sunday, Syria stopped its participation in indirect Turkish-sponsored peace talks with Israel due to the Gaza operation.

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