(Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it was conducting indirect peace talks with Syria.
The two countries are formally at war, although a cease fire has held along the border since 1974. The last round of peace talks fell apart in 2000.
Here is a timeline on Israel-Syrian relations:
November 1947 - Syria opposes U.N. partition plan for Jewish and Arab states side by side.
May 1948 - When British mandate ends, Jews proclaim state of Israel. Syria and other Arab armies invade.
July 1949 - Israel and Syria sign armistice agreement but on-and-off hostilities continue.
June 1967 - Israel launches attack on Syria during the Six-Day War, capturing the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau between Israel and Syria.
October 1973 - Syria attacks Israel in the Middle East War and tries to regain the Golan Heights, but assault is thwarted.
1974 - After postwar clashes on the Golan Heights, Syria and Israel sign a disengagement of forces agreement.
1981 - Israel annexes the Golan Heights, a move not recognized internationally.
December 1999 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa meet for the highest-level talks between the two countries.
January 2000 - Israeli-Syrian talks on the return of most of the Golan Heights to Syria collapse over the fate of a few hundred square meters of land by the Sea of Galilee.
June 2007 - Israel says it is willing to trade land for peace with Syria if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cuts ties with Iran and hostile guerrilla groups.
Oct 2007 - Israel confirms that its air force carried out a strike inside Syrian territory on Sept 6. Washington alleged the attack was on a nuclear reactor Syria was building with North Korean help. Assad said the facility was not nuclear.
May 2008 - Israel announces it is conducting indirect peace talks with Syria through Turkish mediation.
Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Richard Balmforth