Like it or not, the Golan Heights are Syrian territory. Israel cannot give them up now given its legitimate security concerns. But to recognize Israel’s annexation of territory that is not its own is to play with fire for partisan political purposes. No Arab state will accept it.— Martin Indyk (@Martin_Indyk) March 11, 2019
The winery is located in the Golan Heights and is known for the quality of its various wines. In response to a user who asked why Arab states don't control the territory for “legitimate Israeli security concerns,” Indyk said that five previous Israeli prime ministers offered to withdraw from the Golan in exchange for a Syrian-Israeli peace treaty.
I’ll bet you a bottle of Yarden Mt Hermon wine. https://t.co/7A7JyMpKRU— Martin Indyk (@Martin_Indyk) March 11, 2019
“Syria is now in no position to make that deal,” he said, “which is why I said “for now.” The country is currently in a state of turmoil due to a civil war which began in 2011. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Ambassador David Friedman and Graham toured the Golan Heights on Monday, leading the high-ranking GOP senator to vow he’ll “work with Senator [Ted] Cruz” to begin an American effort to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, “now and forever.”The Golan was won over by the IDF from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967. While Israel officially annexed the strategic territory overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the move remains contested.
Five Israeli prime ministers - Rabin, Peres, Barak, Olmert and even Netanyahu - offered to give up the Golan Heights in return for peace with Syria and accompanying security arrangements. Syria is now in no position to make that deal or enforce it. Which is why I said “for now.” https://t.co/eZkle75JAt— Martin Indyk (@Martin_Indyk) March 11, 2019