[Rushtalk] Netanyahu urges Obama to ‘think different’ on Golan Heights annexation

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Thu Dec 3 12:48:27 MST 2015

At 10:15 AM 12/3/2015, Carl Spitzer wrote:

>Netanyahu urges Obama to 'think different' on Golan Heights annexation
><https://www.rt.com/news/321518-netanyahu-syria-golan-heights/>RT | 
>November 11, 2015
>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly seeking US 
>recognition of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights due to the 
>Syrian conflict. Netanyahu allegedly wanted a "different thinking" 
>regarding the issue during talks with Barack Obama.

         And we know this isn't going to happen, since he (Obama) 
can't stand Netanyahu................ - jaq

>The possibility of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights in 1981 
>being recognized was raised during Netanyahu's meeting with US 
>President Obama, according to Haaretz sources close to the 
>discussions. The publication mentioned that Netanyahu believes the 
>absence of a functioning Syrian government "allows for different 
>thinking" concerning the future status of the strategically important area.
>Netanyahu also reportedly said he was doubtful that peace talks 
>taking place in Vienna between the world powers and various Syrian 
>fractions involved in the war would result in peace. During the 
>meeting, Netanyahu also clarified Israel's red lines in regards to Syria.
>"We won't tolerate attacks from Syrian territory, we won't allow 
>Iran to open a front [against us] on the Golan Heights, and we will 
>disrupt the transfer of deadly weaponry from Syria to Lebanon," 
>Netanyahu told the president.
>President Obama did not respond to the proposal from Netanyahu, 
>while the Israeli prime minister failed to elaborate on the issue 
>with reporters.
>At a press conference following the meeting, Netanyahu mentioned any 
>international deal regarding Syria would have to "take into account 
>Israel's interests."
>Speaking later in the day at the American Enterprise Institute think 
>tank, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will do everything to prevent 
>Iran from using Syrian territory to threaten Israel.
>"The defense of Israel is what concerns me in Syria first and 
>foremost, and on that we'll continue to act forcefully," Netanyahu said.
>Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day 
>War, which created an armistice line under Israeli military control. 
>Syria unsuccessfully tried to retake the Golan Heights during the 
>1973 War. An armistice was concluded in 1974 resulting in a UN 
>observer force being deployed along the ceasefire line.
>In 1981 Israel unilaterally annexed the Golan Heights, a move that 
>is not recognized internationally. Over the last three and a half 
>decades, Israel has built more than 30 Jewish settlements in the 
>area. Since the start of the Syrian conflict, Israel has carried out 
>a number of military operations as fighting reached the Golan ceasefire lines.
>As the armed struggle in Syria continues, a few high ranking 
>officials in Israel have recently voiced the need to gain full 
>international recognition of Israel's claims to the Golan Heights.
>Netanyahu's former ambassador to Washington Michael Oren, earlier 
>this week, urged Netanyahu "to ask for American recognition of full 
>Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights through a presidential 
>declaration and accompanying letter," the Times of Israel states.
>"Syria as we knew it has ceased to exist," Oren claimed, stressing 
>that Israeli recognition would result in the "stabilization and 
>rehabilitation of the area."
>In July, Netanyahu's former cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser also urged 
>the Israelis to seize the "historic opportunity" and seek 
>international recognition of its presence on the Golan.
>"Forty years on, in light of Syria's collapse, Islamic State's 
>takeover of huge areas in the Middle East and the 'rotten 
>compromise' expected with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 
>achievement that Israel needs and can attain is to update the 
>international stance, and ratify and upgrade the US stance on the 
>Golan," Hauser wrote in an article published in Haaretz.
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