Carter recently visited Syria and met with Bashar Assad. He uttered yet another gem, showing his still has no understanding of world affairs, let alone the Middle East, “Peace will not be achieved in the region without a full Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and the other occupied Arab lands.” (Hebrew)
The notion of peace with Syria is a myth that has been resurfacing with increasing frequency lately. The idea that Israel should give up a large swath of land, which it won in a defensive war, which does not have demographic dilemmas, in return for an elusive peace, is utterly ridiculous. To begin with, the current situation is not half-bad. There is quiet on the Syrian front, and it is not because of any formal peace agreement. Furthermore, even states with which Syria does have peaceful relations do not really have peace. It continues to harbor various terrorist groups, active against its neighbors (Turkey, Lebanon), as an insurance policy of sorts. Its determination to keep the upper hand in these political power plays prevent it from ever being a fair partner for anything.
Israel should not sign any agreement with Syria in which it would give up any land. There is simply no compelling interest to do so. Also, Carter’s eagerness to meet even with Hezballah was met with coldness, no one wants him here. He really needs to go back to his peanut farming already.