Secret Israel-Syria Peace Talks Involved Golan Heights Exit – NYTimes.com

Validating a strategy employed by my students more than 10 years ago when representing Israel in a simulation:

Raising one point of contention, Yediot Aharonot, which is generally centrist but often critical of Mr. Netanyahu, said that in exchange for a peace agreement, the prime minister was prepared to agree to a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau that Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 war and later annexed in a move that has not been internationally recognized.The prime minister’s office denied on Friday that Israel had agreed to a withdrawal.

via Secret Israel-Syria Peace Talks Involved Golan Heights Exit – NYTimes.com.

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3 thoughts on “Secret Israel-Syria Peace Talks Involved Golan Heights Exit – NYTimes.com

  1. Matthew Merrill says:

    It’s amazing the kinds of things that come to light near an election. The very fact that Israeli-Syrian negotiations were happening is a testament to the desire for action and progress in the region. A commentator once said that “[Israel and Syria] can negotiate, they can fight (directly or indirectly), and they can do both simultaneously, but they cannot and will not ignore each other.” In the negotiations that have occurred over the last few decades it seems that the Israelis are willing to make compromises if (and it’s a big if) the Arab nations party to the talks also make certain concessions. Amazingly though, something always seems to happen to end the negotiations. A mini-war with Hezbollah, uprisings in Gaza, a drone attack, etc… One can only wonder what would actually happen if the negotiations were able to come to fruition?

    This article provides a more in-depth analysis of Israeli-Syrian relations.
    http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s6382.html

  2. brownsarahk says:

    To me, what is really interesting about this proposal is that it showcases the priorities of the parties, as well as the perceived situation in the Middle East. The Golan Heights is Israel’s watershed, and without it, the water security of the nation is jeopardized. The fact that Netanyahu was considering giving up the Golan Heights in exchange for Syria breaking relations with Hezbollah and Iran means a lot. It would be fascinating to see what other terms were included in the peace proposal, but the message is clear: Netanyahu was/is more serious about reaching peace deals that the international community had thought.
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/in-praise-of-netanyahu.premium-1.470018

  3. zoyakrup says:

    I think Israel is trying to gain more allies due to the growing tension between Iran and Israel. I agree with Matthew in saying “The very fact that Israeli-Syrian negotiations were happening is a testament to the desire for action and progress in the region.” The countries want a change, otherwise their would not be riots. I think communication is the key in these relations.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-wanted-israeli-help-in-securing-border-report-claims/

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