The two countries could split the territory, suggested Uzi Arad, Netanyahu's national security adviser and the aide widely seen as closest to Netanyahu. But in the comments in the daily Haaretz newspaper, he said Israel must remain on the Golan Heights to a depth of several miles and cannot withdraw in full even in return for a peace agreement.
Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Mid-east War and annexed the territory in 1981, a move that was never internationally recognized. Syria has maintained that peace will be possible only if Israel withdraws entirely from the Heights. Netanyahu said during his election campaign that Israel would not cede the Golan to Syria.