Syria: Israel promised us the Golan Heights

I doubt Bashar al-Assad really thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is going to hold to this deal: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to withdraw from all of the Golan Heights during indirect peace talks with Damascus, Syrian President Bashar Assad told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. In an interview which appeared in the newspaper’s Wednesday edition, Assad ...

I doubt Bashar al-Assad really thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is going to hold to this deal:

I doubt Bashar al-Assad really thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is going to hold to this deal:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to withdraw from all of the Golan Heights during indirect peace talks with Damascus, Syrian President Bashar Assad told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

In an interview which appeared in the newspaper’s Wednesday edition, Assad said Israel and Syria were within "touching distance" of clinching a peace agreement.

The Syrian premier told La Repubblica that during the Turkish-mediated peace negotiations, Olmert indicated to Turkey’s prime minister, Reccep Tayip Erdogan, that he is ready to relinquish all of the Golan Heights to Syria.

Assad added that both sides were very near an agreement, and that all that remained was to finalize last details over the precise route of the 1967 line which would serve as the future border between the two countries.

Most likely, he’s trying to blame Israel for the Golan negotiations’ likely failure. Assad also says that, "in principle," he wants to meet with Obama. But he’s "not looking for a photo opportunity. I want to see him, to talk."

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