ISRAELI LEADER CONFIRMS PEACE DEAL WITH SYRIA.Byline: Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Thursday that his predecessor had tacitly agreed to give back all of the Golan Heights Golan Heights, strategic upland region (2003 est. pop. 10,500), c.500 sq mi (1,250 sq km), SW Syria. It borders S Lebanon, NE Israel, and NW Jordan. It takes its name from the ancient city of Golan and was known as Gaulanitis in New Testament times. in exchange for a peace agreement with Syria.
``Newspaper reports that the late prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, indirectly agreed to withdraw from the Golan Heights, to the June 4, 1967, lines (if) a number of conditions were met by the Syrians, and that this agreement has been conveyed to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , are true,'' Netanyahu told his Cabinet.
Netanyahu's comments were issued in a Cabinet statement after he briefed ministers on his talks this week with President Clinton, who has sponsored the Mideast peace process and is trying to help restart stalled Israel-Syria talks.
Netanyahu, who was elected in May, said the United States accepts that ``hypothetical statements made by the previous government during the negotiations do not obligate obligate /ob·li·gate/ (ob´li-gat) pertaining to or characterized by the ability to survive only in a particular environment or to assume only a particular role, as an obligate anaerobe. the present Israeli government.''
The revelations about Rabin, published Wednesday in the Yediot Ahronot daily, shocked many Israelis and were denied by several officials who were close to Rabin. Shimon Peres, who was premier from Rabin's assassination Assassination
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``I didn't see a written commitment, but it was made clear to the Syrians that Israel was willing to withdraw for full peace,'' Yediot quoted Peres as saying.
Syria has demanded that talks pick up where they left off with the previous government. Netanyahu argues that they should start from scratch to start (again) from the very beginning; also, to start without resources.
See also: Scratch since there were no written agreements and says Israel should hold onto the plateau it captured in 1967.