Report: Syria relinquishes aspiration to sit on the Galilee

Sunday, October 22, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
A senior Syrian official who is close to the upper echelons of the Syrian regime told Channel 2 News Arab analyst Ehud Yaari that Syria has agreed to give up sitting on the Galilee in any future peace agreement with Israel. The official was also involved in past negotiations between Israel and Syria.

The official said that President Bashar Assad sees a peace agreement with Israel a preferable option for a better Middle East. In exchange for a peace agreement with Israel, Assad will agree to break his alliance with Iran and Hizballah and even sever relations with them completely. Syria, on their side, are demanding to receive the entire Golan Heights but will relinquish its desire to sit on the Galilee, which means Israel will withdraw to the cliff line and Syria will have no access to the waters of the Galilee.

Another change in the Syrian position is that, according to the official, Syria will allow for the evacuation of the city of Katzrin to take a long period of time because they say it’s a major Israeli city. The official did not specify a time. In the past, Israel had suggested to lease the Golan from Syria for a period of 50 years. The proposal was rejected by the Syrians.

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