U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said in an interview with The New Yorker that in 2010 at the request of President Barack Obama, he was negotiating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about the potential peace agreement with Israel.
According to Kerry, who held then the post of the head of the Senate Commission on foreign Affairs, while the President of Syria was extremely concerned about the deteriorating economic situation in his country, and was ready to negotiate peace with Israel.
According to the head of the U.S. state Department, Assad handed him a letter, stating about the readiness to sign a peace agreement with Israel and to open the Syrian Embassy in the Jewish state in exchange for what Kerry calls a «deal on the Golan heights». The details of this «deal» is unknown, but it is assumed that we are talking about a complete Israeli retreat from the Golan.
According to Kerry, he made it unambiguously clear to Assad that in the framework of the overall deal Syria will have to sever military ties with Iran and terrorist organization Hezbollah.
US Secretary of state claims that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu imposed a categorical veto on the continuation of talks with Assad on the basis of these proposals. According to Kerry, the Prime Minister of Israel, visiting Washington, said that «cannot and is not going to do it.»
No official Israeli source has not commented on these words of US Secretary of state.
Speaking about the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian authority, Kerry said that «the government of Israel knows what it wants to see resolution of this conflict, and what kind of state it wants to form after an agreement is reached».
In the opinion of the Secretary of state, Israel is not in danger of physical disappearance, however, he can turn into a Binational state which will become «unmanageable political unit».
An interview with Kerry was part of the article of the chief editor of The New Yorker David Remnick, published on 15 December summing up the activities of Kerry as Secretary of state of the United States.