"There must be guarantees to return the whole land. We cannot enter negotiations without knowing what they’re going to be about. The minimum that is required is a deposit, similar to Rabin’s deposit, or anything in writing," Assad said.
The "Rabin Deposit" refers to a promise made by Itzhak Rabin to former US President Bill Clinton in the 1990s for full withdrawal from the Golan Heights in any final peace agreement with Syria.
When this becomes available, there can be channels with Israel through a third party, he said. After that, there can be "direct, open negotiations in the presence of an honest broker." Daily Star
It is unlikely that he has the USA in mind as an "honest broker." The last time Arabs accepted that idea they had Dennis Ross as the "honest broker’s" representative. Remind me as to what he is doing these days?
It is often the case in the Middle East, and particularly among Arabs, that negotiations are not conducted on the basis that we Westerners find necessary. We think in terms of a dialectical procees which produces a solution. The Arabs often think that to be a "sucker’s" game, a form of trickery. They understand how we do it, but are uneasy with the process.
What they want is to be told, as Assad says, where the negotiation will end. If that is satisfactory, then they will sit down with the adversary to work out the details in an atmosphere of the cordiality and good manners so natural to them.
Meaning? If the Israelis and their Bushy masters (role reversal here) were to accept that, I believe that there would be meaningful talks.
It will not happen. pl