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Minister Eitam: No Withdrawal In Golan

First Publish: 5/6/2003, 6:33 PM

Housing Minister Effie Eitam, head of the National Religious Party, told Arutz-7 today that he is against any withdrawal from the Golan Heights - even in exchange for a peace agreement with Syria. "Syria's sudden moderation is only a result of the war in Iraq," Eitam said, "which showed, by the way, that there is a military solution to terrorism... The only thing that should be discussed at the negotiating table is Syria's turning back from the path of terrorism." Eitam expressed hopeful confidence that Prime Minister Sharon would not take the path of his predecessor Ehud Barak, who offered to give up almost the entire Golan.

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Eitam, who served as IDF Commander of the Galilee Forces in the years preceding the withdrawal from southern Lebanon, spoke this morning at the official memorial ceremony in the northern town of Kiryat Shmonah. "The story of my life and Kiryat Shmonah are intertwined," he told Arutz-7. "I spent 30 years of my life at various times here or near here or defending it, and I told the participants that their quiet but firm stand - sometimes mixed with much sorrow, but always with great unity - is the story of Zionism itself. For many years, we would see the lights of Kiryat Shmonah during our dangerous night missions, and we would realize what we were defending..."