Syria and Israel were getting closer to reaching a peace agreement on Sunday (12 May) as United States Secretary of State Dr.
Syria and Israel were getting closer to reaching a peace agreement on Sunday (12 May) as United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger continued to move between the two capitals.
Dr. Kissinger returned to Jerusalem on Sunday (12 May) night after five hours discussing the latest Israeli peace proposals with Syrian leaders in Damascus.
Although the fighting between the two countries on the Golan Heights is still going on, both sides are talking of reconciling their differences.
However, about a hundred Israelis demonstrated outside Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir's offices in Jerusalem as Dr. Kissinger arrived. They were protesting against Israel considering giving back Syrian territory captured in the two Middle East wars.
Dr. Kissinger planned to see the Israeli cabinet again on Monday (13 May) before it discussed the situation.
The Israeli peace plan was understood to have included returning most of the 300 square miles (800 square kilometres) of Israeli occupied territory to Syria. It offered most and possibly all of the battered town of Kuneitra - but not the surrounding high points - and some small pieces of land at the southern end of the Golan Heights.
In return Israel seeks a United Nations manned buffer zone. They also want to keep their peak positions on Mount Hermon. Syria's main demand is total Israeli withdrawal from occupied land.
On Sunday night Dr. Kissinger was able to bell Mrs. Meir the names of three Israeli soldiers taken prisoner since the October war. Syrian President Hafez Al-Assed gave him the names earlier in the day.