Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad released statements that if negotiations with Israel are to move along, Jerusalem must realize that a withdrawal to the pre-June 1967 boundaries is a must, explaining this means pulling back from the Golan Heights to Tiveria.
On this the Syrian ruler was quoted in the UAE newspaper al-Khaleej as saying, “there will be no compromise”.
The Syrian leader indicated he does not see talks opening with Israel before next year.
During a visit to the Golan Heights on Tuesday, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, a former IDF chief of staff, stated that at present, it does not appear that the Syrians are ready to seriously talk peace. Mofaz stated that a dialogue is important, but acknowledged there is a wide gap regarding the positions of both sides.
Mofaz does not support giving away the Golan, stating on Tuesday, “I know every piece of this land and recognize its strategic value to Israel,” adding that he hopes an agreement can be reached in the future without Israel relinquishing the Golan.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)