Frederic C. Hof, author of a March report suggesting an environmental preserve and other initiatives in the disputed Golan Heights, is meeting with Israeli officials.
Briefing: With newly installed or reinstalled leaders in Iran, Lebanon, Israel, and the US, the balance of power has shifted between a US-allied bloc and the 'axis of resistance.'
The US and Israel agreed this week to establish a joint committee on how to implement a freeze outlined in the 2003 road map.
With no clear guidelines for what Israel will allow in, aid groups have run into trouble with everything from 90 tons of pasta to nutritional bars mistranslated as steel bars.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he's ready for immediate talks with the Palestinians, but he won't endorse a Palestinian state.
At a briefing Wednesday, a top officer described the findings of an internal inquiry, insisting Israel acted in accord with international law.
Peace envoy's trip is part of sweeping effort to demonstrate a broader US approach toward regional peace.
Syrian diplomats say Damascus is serious about making peace, and hope Washington will lean on Israel's new government.