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Report: Netanyahu agreed to give entire Golan to Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in principle in 2010 to give back the Golan Heights to Syria, the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot reported.

The daily quotes unnamed American sources as saying that in 2010 “Netanyahu agreed to a full withdrawal from the Golan, to the shores of Lake Kinneret, in exchange for a peace agreement with Syria.” The initiative reportedly collapsed amid the outbreak of Syria’s civil war.

In response to the report, the Prime Minister’s Office said the talk of withdrawal was “an American initiative, one of many discussed with Israel, which was not adopted at any stage,” the newspaper said.

According to the account in Yediot, Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, was supportive of the initiative. The Israelis “expected” a deal would mean the severing of ties between Iran and Syria, though this was not stated as an explicit demand, the report said. — jta


Posted by Frank
10/23/2012  at  12:57 AM
“Unnamed America sources”?

Sounds like another Obama “American initiative”, like his trying to force Israel back to the pre-1967 indefensible “Auschwitz borders”  - or calling Jerusalem a “settlement” and extorting a “settlement freeze” which was supposed to bring the arabs to the “negotiating table”.  The leftist paper reporting an “unnamed American” source sounds like it was planted by Obama’s boys.

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