At no stage did Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu say he was prepared to withdraw from the Golan Heights, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday during Channel Two's "Meet The Press" program.
Barak's comments came in response to a Yediot Ahronot
report a day earlier, that stated that the prime minister had agreed in principle to withdraw from the Golan as part of a peace agreement with Syria, in negotiations that took place in the fall of 2010. "Neither Netanyahu nor I said we were prepared to do this," Barak asserted, explaining that no concrete negotiations were held.
The defense minister said that the United States were exploring the possibility of whether Syria would cut ties with Hezbollah and Iran" "if this would have been possible it would have been worth considering many options." However, he empasized, "we didn't get to this stage at all," and added, "we don't give presents for free."