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With only Israel and the United States voting "No," 151 members of the General Assembly told Israel to withdraw from territory occupied since June 1967 and (in effect) to do so in the midst of civil strife that has all-but-wrecked Syria, leaving a murderous regime propped up by Iranian-commanded militias to preside (in name) over much of the wreckage.President George H.W. Bush successfully brought representatives of Israel and Syria to the Madrid Conference in 1991, and the administration of President Bill Clinton made major efforts to try to bring about Syrian-Israeli peace.There is nothing to be gained for Israel by joining in the General Assembly's evident contempt for 20 million Syrians.Israel would do well to avoid doing anything gratuitous with regard to the Golan Heights. It serves no Israeli interests for Syrians all of them to conclude that it makes no difference to neighboring Israel if Syria is a satrap of Iran or an independent state featuring legitimate governance and rule of law. Bashar Assad's betrayal of Syria is simply so profound and so far-reaching as to defer indefinitely for Syrians and Israelis alike the promise of real peace and genuine partnership.
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