'Netanyahu was also willing to cede the Golan Heights'

When Binyamin Netanyahu was prime minister he was willing to make "prodigious territorial" concessions in the Golan Heights, Major General Ze'ev Livne (res), who was Netanyahu's military attaché, said Thursday. "He was willing to make prodigious concessions in order to seal a peace deal, but it was unsuccessful and was unrealized," Livne told Army Radio. "I hope it is realized in the future." According to Livne, the negotiations between Israel and Syria during Netanyahu's tenure as prime minister were arbitrated by Ron Lauder. On Wednesday, Syrian expatriate Minister Buthaina Shaaban told Al-Jazeera television that Olmert had informed Turkey Israel was willing to give back the Golan in return for peace. Herb Keinon contributed to this report