- In January 1996, the business magazine section of the
Tel Aviv-based daily newspaper Globes published a four part series revealing
a profoundly important fact that was unexplainably ignored: Israel has
legal title over a large chunk of the Golan Heights and Western Syria.
- In the 1890s, Baron Rothschild purchased 20,000 acres
of Syrian land owned by the Ottoman empire. In 1942, the Syrian government
illegally confiscated the land. The Baron transferred the deeds to the
Jewish National Fund (JNF) in 1957. In 1992, the deeds were moved to the
Prime Minister's Office where they are stored today.
- After I read the series, I called a contact in the JNF,
Bunny Alexandroni of the public relations department. She said she'd look
into the matter and called me back. She informed me that she couldn't comment
on the Globes series but asked me to meet her at her office. An appointment
was made and she told me that her boss, the director of her department,
would talk to me if I agreed not to publish his name.
- After so agreeing, I entered his office and he invited
me to be seated. He explained, "The Globes articles were essentially
correct. They were a bit off on the location of the Rothschild land. Some
of it is in the Golan but most is in the Horan, in Syria itself. I informed
the government that the deeds are an excellent bargaining chip with the
Syrians but the government refuses to play it. My hands are tied. I've
been instructed not to pursue the matter."
- And that is the biggest secret of the Golan: the Israeli
government is holding onto legal title to land in the Golan and beyond
and is hiding the fact from the public. Of course, the first question would
- What follows is a chronological explanation of how the
current Israeli-Syrian "peace" talks came to be. For those who
are unable to dramatically readjust their sense of reality, it is advised
to simply stop reading and make do with the knowledge of the land titles.
They are more than enough to assure that Israel remains atop the Golan
Heights. For those willing to accept a drastic switch in point of view,
- December 1990 - President George Bush invites Syria to
join his coalition of forces to fight Iraq. The only offer Syria will respond
to is a promise that America will use its power to remove Israel from the
Golan Heights. Bush's administration has already secretly transferred $5.5
billion to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and is in constant contact with
him. Before the first shot of the Persian Gulf War is fired, Hussein agrees
to bombard Israel with Scud missiles. In return, he is promised that no
matter what the outcome of the war, he will not be brought down, nor will
Israel respond to the attacks.
- Bush promises Syria a bombardment that will prove to
the Israeli people that territory will not protect them in the age of missiles.
Later America will put the squeeze on the Shamir government to relinquish
the Heights. Syria accepts the terms and joins the coalition.
- Summer 1991 - Bush organizes a conference in Madrid to
put international pressure on the Shamir government to leave the Golan.
Shamir refuses to budge. Bush meets Syrian President Assad in Geneva. There
Assad says he's running out of patience with Bush and threatens to take
matters into his own hands before the upcoming American elections. Bush
promises that he will use all his power to remove Shamir from office and
bring in a more compliant government.
- June 23, 1992 - Bush's strategy of withholding loan guarantees
and demonizing Shamir succeeds and Yitzhak Rabin becomes Israeli Prime
Minister. Bush demands an immediate Golan withdrawal and Rabin explains
that it is politically out of the question for him.
- September 10, 1992 - Foreign Minister Shimon Peres meets
French President Mitterand and Foreign Minister Roland Dumas in Paris and
agrees to promote a total Golan withdrawal. He wants to meet with Syrian
FM Farouk Shara immediately. Peres returns to Israel and Rabin meets him
at Ben Gurion Airport. He orders Peres to stay away from the French, loudly
calling them, "the biggest bastards." Too late for Rabin. Two
days later Dumas begins a shuttle between Damscus and Cairo to coordinate
Peres's Golan withdrawal.
- September 17, 1992 - Rabin is called to Kennebunkport,
Maine where an agitated Bush lays down the law. He must neutralize Peres's
French track and "prepare the Israeli people for painful withdrawals,"
first from the Golan and then the West Bank and Gaza. He demands that the
Golan withdrawal be coordinated with a compliant military leader, IDF Chief
Of Staff Ehud Barak. Rabin returns to Israel and announces his Syria First
- September 23, 1993 - Syria is put on the back burner
by the new Clinton administration, while negotiations with the PLO are
taking place. Once Rabin inks a deal with Arafat, the White House begins
its campaign for a Golan treaty. A meeting is set up between Chief Of Staff
Ehud Barak and VP Al Gore to get the track going.
- November 12, 1993 - An international race is on to see
who can get Israel off the Golan first. On the same day that Rabin is in
Washington, accompanied secretly by Ariel Sharon, Peres is in France meeting
with his French counterpart Alain Juppe. The Washington meetings go badly.
The biggest sticking point is Syria's demand that as part of a peace deal,
Israel give up its nuclear weapons program. While Rabin and Sharon refuse
to accede, Peres shows no such compunctions.
- December 6, 1993 - Secretary of State Warren Christopher
flies to Damascus for a meeting with Syrian VP Hassan Habibi and most telling,
with Jordanian Hamas leader Ibrahim Rusha. Syria lays down the law. The
French have made a better offer and unless America moves Rabin in the same
direction, Syria will promote a Hamas overthrow of the PLO regime in Gaza
and the West Bank. Syria offers Hamas's violent talents for a terror campaign
to remove Rabin from power in favor of Peres. Christopher relays the threats
to Clinton and a summit between Assad and the American president is arranged
for the following month.
- January, 1994 - Clinton and Assad meet in Geneva. Arafat,
apprised of the plot against him, rushes to Geneva where the Swiss authorities
refused to grant him an entrance visa. Clinton promises Assad a total Golan
retreat and Rabin reacts with furor. He announces that any Golan deal would
now be subject to a public referendum and appoints his Deputy Defence Minister,
Motta Gur, to introduce a referendum bill in the Knesset.
- May, 1994 - Peres orders his Foreign Ministry staff to
prepare a plan for the evacuation of Jewish residents of the Golan and
presents it to Mitterand with a request for an immediate meeting with the
Syrians. The Syrians now want Rabin out and Peres in and plan a strategy
to achieve the goal.
- July, 1994 - Assad finally takes matters in his own hands
and orders the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Over a hundred
Jews die. Syria's responsibility is traced conclusively by two Argentinian
journalists. The suicide bomb vehicle is rented with currency traced to
Damascus. Rabin is ordered by his American bosses to cover up Syria's role
in the atrocity and Israel shifts blame to Iran.
- October 17, 1994 - The repercussions of Buenos Aires
does not budge Rabin, so Syria orders a strike closer to home. A bus explodes
in Tel Aviv killing 23. The same day, Palestinian radio station in Damascus
gives full detail's of the blast's methodology, two days before Israel
police confirmed the accuracy of the report.
- November, 1994 - With Syria living up to its threats
to remove Rabin, Clinton initiates a Damascus-Jerusalem shuttle. Rathered
than softened by the slaughter of Jews, Rabin was furious and his position
on Syria hardened. Clinton finally relents and agreed to replace Rabin
with a more compliant candidate, Ehud Barak.
- December, 1994 - Peres takes a major step towards realizing
his Golan plan and invited Germany and Japan to place troops on the Heights
after withdrawal went into effect.
- January, 1995 - Ehud Barak quits his post as Chief Of
Staff. A month later he meets with Warren Christopher in Jerusalem to plan
- March - June, 1995 - Barak flies to Washington and immediately
begins negotiations with the Syrian peace-talks delegation. He promises
a total Golan withdrawal if he becomes Prime Minister. He spends the rest
of his trip planning his accession to power and understanding his role
as envisioned by the Council On Foreign Relations. He holds meetings with
CFR executives Henry Kissinger, Lawrence Tisch and Edgar Bronfman. They
vow to finance his campaign. Barak announces that the triumvirate agreed
to finance his new "business" career to the tune of $30 million.
- July, 1995 - Barak returns to Israel and Rabin appoints
him Interior Minister. Motta Gur is dead, supposedly of a suicide caused
by depression over his cancer. His physician says that can't be, his disease
was in total regression and he had everything to live for.
- October 20, 1995 - The CFR has gotten wind of a French
plot to murder Rabin and replace him with Peres. They decide to give Rabin
a last chance. At the UN's 50th anniversary ceremony, Christopher and special
advisor Dennis Ross remind Rabin that he promised a withdrawal to the shores
of Lake Kinneret. They want him to meet with Shara and live up to his commitment.
Rabin loses his cool and lets loose a loud and ugly rant against both of
them. He shouts that he made the Kinneret comment sarcastically and they
knew it. He threatens to pull out of the whole peace process. One by one,
CFR members like Bronfman, Kissinger and Clinton try to sway Rabin. He
gives his answer on the UN podium the next day, telling the assembled that
he comes from Jerusalem, the undivided capital of Israel and that the real
problem in his region wasn't Israel's stubbornness, it was Arab terrorism.
The next day he flew to Washington and oversaw the passage of two Congressional
bills which effectively neutralized the Oslo process. One bill declared
that Jerusalem would never be divided, the other cut off American aid to
the PLO if it declared a state. The Americans decided to keep Rabin ignorant
of the French plot against him. Peres had to be next in line anyway before
Barak could replace him.
- Nov. 7, 1995 - The leaders of the Anglo-American and
European regimes descended on Rabin's funeral. With Rabin safely entombed,
the squeeze began to neutralize the French victory. John Major and Prince
Charles arrange a meeting at Orient House for Peres to negotiate directly
with Assad by phone. He turns the meeting down. However, he did promise
Clinton an immediate withdrawal from the South Lebanon security zone and
without an ounce of sentiment for Rabin's mourning period, the president
sends Ross shuttling between Assad and Peres. Assad turns down Peres's
limited offer and Clinton demands a major concession: Peres agrees to appoint
his bitter rival, Barak, as his Foreign Minister and campaign manager for
the next national elections.
- January, 1996 - Rabin's most precious Golan secret was
leaked in detail to the business newspaper Globes. Israel had legal title
to 20,000 acres of Syrian territory, some of it on the Golan Heights. The
media is instructed to bury the story.
- February - May, 1995 - Barak and the Americans sabotage
Peres's election campaign through a combination of deliberate incompetence,
suicide bombers and a mini-war in Lebanon which cost Peres the Arab vote.
Peres loses and millions of dollars are funnelled to Barak's successful
campaign to take over the leadership of the Labor Party. The price was
Netanyahu's victory and immediately a campaign of scandal mongering begins
to force him from power. Netanyahu survives the scandals, and freezes the
Golan withdrawal, until the Americans invest their money and talents to
assuring Barak's election in May, 1999.
- November, 1999 - On the fourth anniversary of Rabin's
murder, the public demands to know how he really died. Indisputable proof
that the convicted assassin could not have shot the fatal bullets was in
the hands of tens of thousands of people. My book with the documents within
is number three on the bestseller list. Rabin's wife and two children demand
a new investigation of his assassination. 65% of the public support their
demand. A huge issue was needed to quell the fast-spreading public campaign
to reinvestigate Rabin's demise. The truth would explode the whole peace
process and incriminate the current leadership in atrocious crimes. A replacement
murder scandal involving publisher Ofir Nimrodi works for a week but something
far more lasting and devastating was required. An impending withdrawal
from the Golan Heights does the trick.
- the end and it could be!