Photo Credit: Basel Awidat / Flash 90
UN observers look into Syria from the safety of the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. May 10, 2018

Had Syria’s former President Hafez al-Assad agreed to recognize the Jewish State, the Golan Heights might today be in Syrian hands, according to Egypt’s former President, Hosni Mubarak.

Israel once wanted to open an Israeli Embassy in Damascus, with a corresponding Syrian Embassy in Israel, Cairo24 reported, quoting Mubarak. The report was posted online Tuesday in English by the Middle East Monitor.

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Egyptian interviewer TV presenter Ahmed Al-Sayed told Cairo24 that Mubarak said he had “contacted the Israelis to try to recover the Golan Heights, but they demanded the opening of an Israeli embassy in Damascus and a Syrian one on their land as a kind of Syrian recognition of the Israeli state.”

Mubarak added that at the time, former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad rejected the Israeli offer.

The result, ultimately, he noted, was the recent U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israeli territory.

Arab leaders voted this week at the Arab League Summit in Tunis to seek a United Nations Security Council resolution against the official recognition by President Donald Trump.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.