Since a state of war has been existing between Israel and Syria several independent peace initiatives had taken place. Some of them were symbolic, other included more direct steps to get Israelis and Syrians together. Most of them were led by Israeli citizens and by Syrians living abroad.
Alon Liel, former Israel Foreign Ministry director general , held unofficial talks with Syrian mediaries under the Swiss government's patronage over 2004-2007. He had also initiated a peace movement that published a petition by hundreds of Golan Heights residents to open peace talks with Syria. .
Ibrahim Suleiman, Syrian-American negotiator has visited the KnessetForeign Affairs and Defense Committee on April 2007 , insisting that a peace deal with Syria is reachable within six months since Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is in favor of it. The Israeli Foreign Ministry officially rejected Suleiman's meeting with Israeli officials .