Pats, Golda Meir Syrians, Israel discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing - Tuesday 1 August

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Machines and by the pats in a nationwide television address prime minister golda meir syrians had been driven back across the lie that the golan heights was completely again in israeli hands in 1974 israel and syria signed an agreement on a new separation line on the golan patrol to this study by the united nations disengagement observer force israel formally annexed the golden in 1980 one no other country has ever recognized this acquisition during rare outburst of optimism in the region about a comprehensive peace settlement between israel and its arab neighbours the golan is one of the stickiest sticking points basically syria would like to heights returned israelis reluctant to return them regarding the golan as a natural fortress protecting against any future incursion from syria a useful artery from which to monitor hezbollah in adjoining lebanon and not insignificantly a source of water currently providing a third of what emerges from israel's tops nevertheless the conversation has intermittently bean had former israeli prime minister ehud barak during peace talks in two thousand was reportedly willing to countenance abandoning the golan more surprisingly the current unless compromising israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu was willing to at least discuss an american proposal along such lines the golan in exchange for a complete normalization of relations with damascus as recently as two thousand ten before series attentions were overtaken by events the heights have occasionally been a front in syria civil war israeli jets have struck syrian army positions on the other side of the line several times in response to spillover accidental o of awards from the conflict next door.

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