CBNNews.com - Washington, DC - Israeli Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said ceding the Golan Heights to Syria means putting Iran there.
"Due to the fact that there is a strengthening of the radical axis, and Syria is very central and dominant component of the radical axis, any handover of the Golan Heights to them [the Syrians] means Iranians in the Golan Heights," Mofaz said, following Monday's meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"We must take this under consideration, not as a statement that creates headlines, but as an issue that will become very tangible and real," Mofaz said.
"Just as today the Iranians have a foothold in southern Lebanon and in the Gaza Strip, they will have one in the Golan Heights," he said.
"This doesn't mean we shouldn't make peace with the Syrians in the future. It doesn't mean we shouldn't talk to the Syrians, but in this reality the Golan Heights is a strategic asset for Israel and handing it over to the Syrians is tantamount to handing it to the Iranians," said Mofaz.
Mofaz also told the secretary of state that the Hezbollah terror group virtually controls southern Lebanon and has doubled its cache of long-range rockets since the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.
Mofaz said UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) troops have paid little heed to UN Resolution 1701, which forbad Hezbollah to operate south of the Litani River.
"The presence of UNIFIL and Lebanese Army forces in southern Lebanon is insignificant and does not constitute an obstacle in the face of Hezbollah's strengthening," Mofaz said.
In spite of the peacekeeping forces in the area, Hezbollah moves freely in southern Lebanon, transporting weapons and troops in preparation for the next war with Israel, free of interference by UNIFIL forces or the Lebanese Army, he said.
Source: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news