The Golan is more valuable to Israel in both an economic & military sense than lunch in Damascus. The cost of withdraw would be in the tens of billions, that doesn't include the 30,000 who will now be unemployed claiming benefit and the loss of income from the Golan which runs into millions every year. we will be paying for that lunch for the next decade. Assad wants a share of Kineret water as part of the package so Israel will find itself sharing its water sources with Syria as well as Jordan. Assad plans to build homes for 1 million Syrians in the Golan which creates a potential Gaza in the north whilst Assad has deniability. There will be the huge cost of relocating military bases and early warning stations. Peace treaties dont ensure another war and this would give Syria the tactical high ground. Syria would probably find itself with the standard peace process millitary aid package so instead of MIG 25 thei will be flying F16, instead of T72 tanks it will be US Abrams. As things stand Syria is no military threat and we dont need a treaty thats going to cost us the Golan, so why give it up for Assads signature and lunch in Damascyuss when Israel has so much to lose and very little to gain... the only real winner is Syria.
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