Golan Heights Will Forever Remain in Israel’s Hands, Says PM Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the first-ever Cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights on Sunday that the area will “forever remain” part of Israel.
Netanyahu said that he told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry the day before that he supported international efforts to end the Syrian civil war as long as they don’t involve changing Israel’s border with Syria- Israel media reports.
The prime minister added that any peace deal with Syria would have to be “on the condition that it doesn’t come at the cost of Israel’s security, i.e. that at the end of the day, the forces of Iran, Hezbollah and Daesh [ISIS] will be removed from Syrian soil.”
Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six-Day War and extended Israeli law to the area in 1981.
Watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaims that Golan Heights will remain to be Israel's soil at the Cabinet meeting.