Moscow distorts 1974 Golan disengagement deal invoked by Israel

Russia media Sunday responded to Israel’s invocation of its 1974 disengagement agreement with Syria – to accommodate Syrian refugees – by misreading it as meaning: ”Israel wants only pro-Assad troops to enter the conflict zone near Israel’s de facto northern border and take control over it at the border.” DEBKAfile: The historic 1974 agreement mandated Syria’s military withdrawal from the disengagement zone (See DEBKA map); it was not a license to cross in, as the Russians are pretending. Moscow hides the fact that both signatories, Israel and Syria, agreed that the only force permitted to enter the zone is UNDOF and this deal held up for decades until the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. Moscow, moreover, chooses to pretend that Israel’s northern border is only “de facto.”

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