Netanyahu Reached Agreement
with Syria on Golan

(July 16, 1999)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed reports that he had secretly negotiated with Syria to hand over the Golan Heights. In an Israeli television interview on Channel Two July 14, 1999, Netanyahu said Syria agreed to a key Israeli demand to maintain a strategic early-warning station on Mount Hermon. He denied, however, reports that he had agreed to a withdrawal to the June 1967 border. Netanyahu said that the agreement had not been put into writing, and that the Syrians might therefore deny even having acquiesced to the idea of such an arrangement.

Sources: JTA, (July 16, 1999) and Ha'aretz, (July 15, 1999)