Report: Bush offers Golan Heights to Syria

Friday, October 17, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

US President George W. Bush has reportedly offered to force Israel to fully surrender the Golan Heights and conduct a swift withdrawal from the strategic plateau if Syria will agree to sever ties to the regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

That according to a report in the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jareida on Friday.

A senior Palestinian Authority official told the newspaper that Bush made the offer in a handwritten letter that was given to Syrian President Bashar Assad by US officials earlier this week.

The report went on to note that Bush is eager to score some a diplomatic victory in the Middle East before his presidency ends, and with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process somewhat frozen as Israel tries to form a new government, forcing Jerusalem's hand on the Golan Heights appears the most viable option.

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