With United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger again trying to open negotiations on a separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria, it's been quiet along the no-man's-land between the two countries.
GV UN observers or the Tel Shams Israeli outpost (2 shots)
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GV Israelis work on Ein-Zivan kibbutz (2 shots)
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GV PAN Observation tower along barbed wire fence, kibbutz in background
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Background: With United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger again trying to open negotiations on a separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria, it's been quiet along the no-man's-land between the two countries.
Kissinber is due in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (27 February) from Damascus, the Syria capital, and the Israelis are hoping he will have with him the list of Israeli prisoners in Syrian hands ... a condition laid down by the Jerusalem government for the negotiation of a separation of forces. There has also been some speculation that Red Cross visits to the prisoners may be permitted this week. Any disengagement will probably be staged in phases, similar to the one Israel and Egypt have now almost completed.
Under this system Israel would eventually clear all the territory it occupied in the October War, with the United Nations Emergency Force providing a buffer force up to the line held by Israel on the Golan Heights since the 1967 Six-Day War. The question of the future of this area would then be held over for the peace settlement talks. There are already a number of Israeli settlements in the area and there's talk of building a city ... but that would be six kilometres (3.5 miles) inside the 1967 occupation line, a distance which Israel believes would leave room for territorial compromise.
If the separation of forces is effected, the Israeli outpost closest to Syria would become the Ein-Zivan kubbutz near Mount Hermon. United Nations forces around the nearby Tel Shams outpost are regularly patrolling the area. The people in the kibbutz itself seem resigned to the separation deal but are dubious about a real peace or the United Nations ability to stop any attacks on their area.