World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied a newspaper report on Friday that said he had agreed in principle to hand back occupied Syria land as part of secret U.S.-mediated peace talks that broke off last year.
Syria has long set a complete withdrawal from the Golan Heights as a condition for making peace with the Jewish state.
Israeli leaders had consented to at least partial Golan pullbacks in past talks with Syria, though none had gone as far as Netanyahu in agreeing to withdraw to the northeastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, the mass-circulation Yedioth Ahronoth daily said.
The newspaper quoted unspecified American documents as saying Netanyahu had expressed such a readiness, surprising U.S. diplomats during indirect contacts they mediated with Syria two years ago.
These contacts broke off early in 2011.
Netanyahu's office said the suggested withdrawal had been a U.S. initiative that Israel had never accepted and dismissed the report as "politically-motivated", citing the fact that it was published just days after the right-wing leader announced he would move up national elections to early next year.
"This was one initiative among many proposed to Israel in recent years. At no stage did Israel accept this American initiative. It is an old and irrelevant initiative," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.
Life returning to normal days after Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in support of FSA fighters
Turkey, in pursuit of a joint act to create a safety zone in northern Syria for refugees, seems to be enforcing its plan on its own
The bill sets a 4-month timeframe for approving an application for building a church
Up to 230 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October
Last week, the Tobruk-based parliament refused to back the UN-backed unity government
UN request for immunity for its former employee is rejected by Israel
Successive rounds of international negotiations have failed to end the Syria conflict, which has killed more than 290,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes.
Under the SDF name, the PYD has been enlarging its influence since December 2015 on the pretext of fighting Daesh
The planned cable car will make a stop in East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood
EU affairs minister says capture of Jarabulus from ISIL preserves global security
Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for talks on the Yemeni conflict
Syria's Foreign Ministry has said the Turkish tanks crossed the border is a "violation of our sovereignty"
Binali Yildirim says Syrian opposition forces are now in Jarabulus and taking control of villages around town