Syria accused Israel of engineering U.S. sanctions against it. “The Syria Accountability Act runs counter to international law, and it was Israel that managed to pass it through Congress,” Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shara told a Kuwaiti newspaper Sunday, referring to sanctions President Bush enacted last month. But the newspaper, Al-Qabbas, also quoted Shara as inviting Israel to restart peace talks where they stalled in 2000, with a Syrian demand for the return of all the Golan Heights. Israel has ruled out preconditions in any negotiations with Syria.
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