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    Israeli soldiers walk near a fence in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights on the border with war-torn Syria

    Netanyahu to Putin: Golan Heights to Remain Under Israeli Control

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    Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the disputed Golan Heights would remain part of the Jewish state. He added that Israel was doing everything possible so that modern weapons coming from Syria did not fall into the hands of Hezbollah.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting on Thursday that the Golan Heights would remain under Israel’s control.

    “In regard to the Golan Heights, we cannot return to the days and times when our villages were shot at from the Golan Heights, therefore, whether within the framework of an agreement or without one, the Golan Heights will remain part of [our] sovereign territory,” Netanyahu said.

    “We are doing everything we can to stop the appearance of super modern weaponry coming from Syria does not end up in the hands of Hezbollah,” Netanyahu added.

    The Golan Heights is a disputed territory that was a part of Syria before Israel seized the area in 1967 during the Six-Day War.

    Syria insists that Israel should fully withdraw to the pre-1967 border, however, Israel is unwilling to accept such terms as it would give Syria access to the Sea of Galilee, which is Israel's main source of fresh water.

    Earlier this week, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura described the Golan Heights as illegally annexed.

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    • sophm0e38
      They really can't stop stealing land.
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      Giant sinkhole swallows Sea of Galilee, Israel getting thirsty going begging for Coca-Cola
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      UDENTA O UDENTAin reply tosophm0e38(Show commentHide comment)
      sophm0e38, and boasting openly and arrogantly about it. Very shameful, very condemnable.
    • choticastilein reply toUDENTA O UDENTA(Show commentHide comment)
      UDENTA O UDENTA, As horrific a blight as South Africa's Apartheid regime remains on it as a county and on humanity, its like one's aunty's tea party, compared to Israel's rapacious and bloody Apartheid regime -- the deadliest ever and its time now spanning around two years short of 70 years.

      The world too, should and must stand ashamed that it has allowed Palestine's annihilation as a nation to continue at the hands of a bunch of inhumanly cruel and greedy global savages -- while as we speak Libya is being annihilated as a nation too.
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      UDENTA O UDENTAin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, I fully share your outrage regarding the bestiality of the Israeli authorities in creating a condition of Palestinian non-being, non-identity and non-existence and the criminal complicity of the US-led imperialist bloc that purports to mediate in this never-ending quagmire. The Palestinian tragedy emblematizes the callous moral atrophy of a savage, power drunk policy of state destruction, regime change and regional dislocation from Afghanistan to Iraq and from Libya to Syria. It is this unconscionable hubris-fortified by blind US support-that enables a Netanyahu to pompously declare that he will never return another nation's land no matter the circumstance. What a shame.

      My tardiness in replying your mail still rankles my conscience but when I do, expect plenty of fireworks regarding the African condition and the little ways we can help in re-humanizing a land of crippling challenges.
    • choticastilein reply toUDENTA O UDENTA(Show commentHide comment)
      UDENTA O UDENTA, Will wait for your fireworks and get it all out when you do, as I'd like to hear all your views and corrective recommendations for our beloved continent. I believe many things are going on behind the scenes to rid the world of these murderous Khazarian Zio Mafia of bloodsuckers ... hope SN allows that one to pass ...! I feel more pain than fury at the heinous deeds a global few has forever dumped on our world. Udenta, these people consist of all races and their MO from the beginning was to divide us all -- via race, religion and culture and keeping the mass of us impoverished and ignorant -- all to set us up against each other, as that's the only way they can control global people power.

      I don't know if you have perhaps ever read articles by Prof Makow? Very few I don't agree with (except his views on Vladimir Putin, which I consider way off the mark), -- else wise, the man is a deep thinker and pretty much on the ball, does not hesitate to call a spade a spade. I am sending you an email, in which I'll include a link to one of his recent articles. Furthermore, I will share with you, how what he has to say ties back to the current situation in SA. Would very much appreciate your very frank opinion about the contents -- as it is VIP for me. I can't detail it here. Don't worry about delayed replies -- we're discussing matters affecting our global futures, so have to condense, what could become missives, thus some serious thought arrangement is required! -- (laughing)
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      “We are doing everything we can to stop the appearance of super modern weaponry coming from Syria does not end up in the hands of Hezbollah,” Netanyahu added.

      This is a threat that they will cease to pretend to be engaged in ...no need to pretend not to be involved ....the "modern weapons" continue to be dispersed to the terrorists by the americans, saudis and turkey
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