The United States would like to see Israel and Syria settle their differences as part of a "comprehensive peace" in the Middle East, a top US official said. "We want to get to a comprehensive peace. It has to include a Syria-Israel track. It's absolutely essential that Syria be part of this process," Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeff Feltman told reporters. He said Monday's meeting in New York between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem will take place in that spirit.