Fugitive ex-Knesset Member Azmi Bishara, once the chairman of the Israeli Arab Balad Party, called Israel a "foreign entity" in an interview last week with the Nazareth-based newspaper al-Anwan al-Raisy. Bishara, who fled when it became known he would be indicted on charges of treason in connection with allegations he helped Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War, said "Israel is not looking for solutions but for arrangements with its neighbors, just like the Crusader state did with its surroundings. Israel is a foreign state that refuses to live in peace in its surroundings."
Bishara also said it was unlikely that talks between Syria and Israel would lead to peace, noting that Damascus would not give up its strong ties with Iran and Hizbullah terrorists in deference to diplomatic ties with the Jewish State. Bishara said Israel offered to cede the Golan Heights to Syria during the Second Lebanon War, in exchange for Syria cutting its ties with Hizbullah.