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Netanyahu vows Golan Heights will remain Israel’s ‘forever’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pictured weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on April 3, 2016
AFP

Jerusalem (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday that the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights would “forever” remain in his country’s hands as his cabinet held its first meeting in the territory.

“The Golan Heights will remain in the hands of Israel forever,” Netanyahu said at the start of the cabinet meeting, in comments broadcast on public radio.

Israeli media have reported that Netanyahu planned the cabinet meeting as a statement amid fears Israel could come under pressure to return the Golan — which it seized from Syria in 1967 — as part of a future peace deal for its war-torn neighbour.

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