Journalist Seymour Hersh reports that a major change in American policy toward Syria is underway. As Hersh explains in his April 6 article for The New Yorker, "Syria Calling," the Obama administration is considering mediating talks between Israel and Syria
The talks are are likely to focus on the Golan Heights — a territory Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 war. Rich in Biblical history and water resources, the Golan Heights contains Syria's only means of access to the Sea of Galilee and the upper Jordan River. Hersh writes that the Obama administration's new strategy toward Syria is part of a broader plan to bring peace to the Middle East and to counter the influence of Iran.
Hersh has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1993. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for international reporting and has also been awarded two National Magazine Awards.