Thursday, June 24, 2004

Cinton Blames Barak on Golan

Clinton blames the failure of Syria and Israel to make a deal on the Golan at Shepherdstown in January 2000 on Barak. "Barak had not been in politics long, and I thought he had gotten some very bad advice. If Barak had made real peace with Syria, it would lift his standing in Israel and across the world, and increase the chances of success with the Palestinians. If he failed, a few days of good poll numbers would vanish in the wind. As hard as I tried, I couldn't change Barak's mind," Clinton wrote.

Evidently, Netanyahu also was willing to leave the Golan if he got a secret security deal with the US and a Lebanon deal. See the details at

Netanyahu denies he was willing to give up all the Golan but his associates say he was.

Speaking with Army Radio, Netanyahu said that the first diplomatic move he made upon becoming Prime Minister in 1996 was to obtain a letter from then-U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher. The letter laid out the U.S. position that Israel has no obligation to withdraw totally from the Golan.

The interviewer then asked if Netanyahu might have agreed at a later date, despite the Christopher letter, to quit the entire Golan.

"I agreed only to make concessions in the Golan - concessions that were defined as setting the border 'kilometers' from the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) - or, to be exact, 'miles.' That's what we wrote there," Netanyahu said.

But Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uri Saguy, former chief of Israel's Military Intelligence and the man who headed negotiations with Syria under Barak, confirmed today that as prime minister, Netanyahu agreed to withdraw from the entire Golan Heights to the June 4, 1967, lines near the Kinneret shore.

Saguy told Haaretz that when he received the task of coordinating negotiations with Syria, he read all of the material on negotiations under the governments of Rabin, Peres, Netanyahu and Barak. "Anyone with eyes in his head, not to mention the Syrians, could have understood that all of the Israeli leaders were willing to leave all of the Golan Heights if satisfied in the realms of security, water, normalization, and also regarding a settlement in Lebanon," Saguy said.

Saguy referred to reports of talks conducted on Netanyahu's behalf by his friend, American businessman Ronald Lauder. "By reading these documents, I learned that if I were a Syrian, I would understand from the proposal brought by Lauder that if Israel can be satisfied regarding all of the abovementioned points, it would be willing to withdraw to the June 4, 1967, lines."

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