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Israel Reportedly Ready to Return Golan

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Posted on Apr 23, 2008
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According to a newspaper report, the Golan Heights might be returned to Syria after 35 years of Israeli occupation.

“Informed sources” say the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a historically contested area between Israel and Syria, may soon find itself under new management. The two countries, which have been at war with each other since 1973, are both looking to resume the stalled 2000 peace talk process, which Syria has declared will not happen until the Golan Heights are returned.


The BBC:

Turkey’s prime minister has told Syrian President Bashar Assad that Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights in return for peace, reports say.

The al-Watan newspaper quoted “informed sources” as saying Recep Tayyip Erdogan had telephoned Mr Assad on Tuesday morning to inform him of the offer.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has declined to comment.

Israel and Syria remain technically at war although both sides have recently spoken of their desire for peace.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 28, 2008 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

They also censored the section of the video archived on their site in which Benazir Bhutto stated last year that OBL is dead (possibly in 2001) in her interview with David Frost.

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By PatrickHenry, April 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

I missed that memo.  If you mean the Bible, a book written by jews, I would be suspect. 

Now “they” are trying to rewrite Wikpedia and the world histories.

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By bozhidar bob balkas, April 26, 2008 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment
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CLS. some questions to u.
don’t u think that ‘god’, if extant, would have given hebrews at least a continent of their own instead of an impoverished, tiny land? if i had a ‘god’ of my own i would be mighty disappointed if he gave me a small piece of land devoid of minerals, game, forest, drinking water, etc.
and surrounded by enemies to boot?
actually, i’d like ‘god’ to give them a planet of their own; light yrs away.

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By bozhidar bob balkas, April 25, 2008 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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billy jones. i agree with your observation that golan was not a disputed territory until israeli aggression against syria, jordan, egypt, lebanon, and iraq in ‘67.
even today golan is not a disputed territory since it belongs to syria legally and morally.
bbc is strongly proisraeli or to put it more adequately/accurately, bbc approbates all or most crimes perpetrated by US/IOF soyuz. thank u.
don’t know the reason? any elucidation?

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By bozhidar bob balkas, April 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Howard can take jesus; the person other can take ‘god’ but i have a ‘devil’ of my own. he or is it she? protects me more than any ‘god’ would/could.
as for jesus, he was just another rabid jewish priest.
since his followers were jews (jesus did not accept the goyim) who were vigorously spurned by 99.99% of judaists, they had to turn to nonjews in order that their (mis)teaching stay alive.
jesus said explicitly that he came for jews. he even hated samaritans (they may have been hebrews) along with judaists, because they broke away fom mainstream judaism.
no, not me! i put no faith in any human being. thank you.
as for ‘god’, if she/he/it can produce one baby, the IT could have produced many babies, including female babies. the IT, the scariest of all SCHREKENHEITEN, could have also given jews (given, and not promised) at least a continent of their own (i prefer a planet, light yrs away)
so what did the jews get? a tiny land. a land devoid of minerals,forests. game; surrounded by eterne enemies
and zionists don’t see this as punishemnet but as a reward.
they can have it.

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By Bill Jones, April 24, 2008 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
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So history begins 60 years ago. The Golan wasn’t contested before Truman vomited the Zionist’s on the
people of Palestine.

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By Howard, April 24, 2008 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

RE:  By CLS, April 24 at 4:49 am #
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.......Until the Hebrews/Israel prays for Jesus’ return, there will not be peace.
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YOU take Jesus,  I’ll take God.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 24, 2008 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

Oh, groan, we’re back to THIS again…......

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 24, 2008 at 7:38 am Link to this comment

I will, dear Aegrus - just as soon as she walks through the door in to Pink House, uhh…...

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By CLS, April 24, 2008 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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God gave certain territories to the people Israel for ever.  Does anyone know what that means?  Oh, let me re-phrase this…does anyone remember who God is? He is in the big picture. Look at April 28th. Until the Hebrews/Israel prays for Jesus’ return, there will not be peace.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 23, 2008 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

This is certainly a curious piece of news! Since I am experiencing a time-deficit, I will not be able to elaborate on my take on this. Suffice to say now that, if this turns out to be true, then there must be something bad being cooked against the Palestinians to neutralize the only serious moral and financial support they are receiving from an Arab country. It’s also intended to isolate Hizbullah and to draw a wedge between Syria and Iran.

Israel as a colonialist entity will not give up an inch of land acquired so dearly by military-terrorist methods unless it receives in exchange a greater long term benefit. I have to admit that when it comes to cunning and calculations, Israel outsmarts all the countries in the area. Sad as this confession might be, my being a disturbed realist makes me say it; not in a tone of praise, but in a tone of lamentation and despair.

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By msgmi, April 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment
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So far it’s all talk and and no walk for the Israeli’s to let go of the Golan Heights. My take is that it will remain all talk because Condi’s influence will not be enough to get the deal done. Condi’s track record is perfect, no deals since she became head of state.

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By PatrickHenry, April 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

Wonders never cease.

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By bozhidar bob balkas, April 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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that ‘67 war was yet another ‘defensive’ for zionists?
that tiny israel is toooooo tiny? that israel has indefensible borders?
thar arabs have so much land and they so little?
that arabushim are just to primitive/stupid?
that arabs couldn’t make the desert bloom and superiror jews could and did?
that, as we speak, flying carpets laden with wmd are wafting unseen and unseeable towards israel and the entire west?

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By cyrena, April 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment

Forgive my cynicism, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

“No Comment” from Olmert’s palace leaves me inclined to wait with less than baited breath.

I wonder if Jimmy Carter’s visit may have brought this about?

Just a thought.

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By Aegrus, April 23, 2008 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Ask Hillary, DC.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 23, 2008 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

Yes, but WHEN will the USA be ready to ‘return’ Iraq???

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By junna, April 23, 2008 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Is this happening because Israel wants to make a deal with Syria about being Iran’s ally? Israel wants to separate Iran and Syria in case they decide to attack Iran. Israel know it’s window of opportunity is getting smaller and if Barack Obama is the next president of the US there will be a lot more diplomacy and negotiation instead of bullying and invasion. He says he will support Israel but I don’t believe he meant that as an approval for any invasion Israel might want to instigate but to work agreeably and logically to find a peaceful resolution that could be win win for both Israel and its so called enemies.

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By Aegrus, April 23, 2008 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

Well, this is the most promising news I’ve read today. I hope there is validity to these rumors, and also hope the Israeli resistance to such a withdrawal diminishes. Any move forward in this situation is something to feel good about.

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