Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday ruled out a resumption of peace talks with Syria at this time, denouncing Damascus as a "committed, aggressive member of the axis of evil".
Mr Olmert spoke just hours after a minister in his cabinet called for a renewal of negotiations and said Israel should give back the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria.
Israel accuses Syria, along with Iran, of arming and supporting Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas who fired nearly 4,000 rockets at Israel in the 34-day conflict that ended last week.
However, during those 34 days, Israel went to great lengths to keep Syria out of the conflict, apparently to avoid opening another front or closing future peace options.
Following the ceasefire, Syrian President Bashar Assad signalled he was moving closer to Iran.
He delivered a hardline speech in praise of Hezbollah and warned that future Arab generations might succeed with force where peace talks have failed so far - a reference to the Golan Heights, the plateau Israel captured in the 1967 Mid East War.
Inspecting rocket damage in Israel yesterday, Mr Olmert said Syria is not a partner for peace at the moment.
"When Syria stops its support for terror, when Syria stops supplying missiles which are aimed at Israel's cities, when Syria stops supplying weapons that are used against Israeli civilians and Israeli soldiers, we shall certainly be happy to negotiate with them," he said.
"We are not going into any adventure when terror is on their side," Mr Olmert said of Syria. "We are not going into any negotiations until basic steps are taken which can be the basis for any negotiations."
During a later stop in the Arab town of Maghar, northern Israel, also hit by Hezbollah rockets, Mr Olmert added: "Syria is a committed, aggressive member of the axis of evil. The missiles that landed in Maghar were made in Syria."
Mr Olmert said that once Syria stops its support for Hezbollah and other militants, "I am the last person to say I wouldn't like, in time, to reach some kind of understanding or some kind of dialogue with our neighbours, including Syria".
The three main US allies in the Arab world - Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia - have been pushing for a revival of negotiations because they are worried the Lebanon war has given a boost to Iran.
A top Arab League official said the Arab countries are putting together a peace plan.