And, not shockingly at all, he called for Israel to return the golan heights to Syria as part of a peace deal.
Israelis never had the same ideological attachment to the golan heights as to the West Bank.
But Beinart is troubled by the implications of the statement for the golan heights and the Law of Return.
I said that this is our joint challenge and one that is much more important than the golan heights.
The numbers varied from a hundred or so on the golan heights plateau captured by Israel in 1967 to hundreds elsewhere.
She tells of one writer for the London Sunday Times, Nick Tomalin, who was killed by an anti-tank missile in the golan heights.
“There is no justification for Israel giving up the golan heights,” he told foreign diplomats.
Hafez launched the 1973 war on the golan heights, and his Hizballah creation drove Israel out of Lebanon.
Reason: "The water is stolen from the occupied Syrian golan heights."
A Syrian official in Washington, DC declined to address the golan heights dispute.