The campaign headquarters of Labor premiership candidate Ami Ayalon distributed an online pamphlet saying the Knesset member plans to return the Golan Heights to Syria in exchange for a long-term leasing agreement if elected prime minister in the future.
In the pamphlet, Ayalon presents his plan to reach a peace agreement with Syria, according to which Israel will transfer control of the Golan but will lease it for 99 years.
“Ayalon’s position on the Golan is a bit more to the right than Ehud Barak’s and a bit more to the left than Benjamin Netanyahu’s,” a source in the MK’s headquarters told Ynet.
“Leasing the Golan does not mean giving it up – on the contrary. The pamphlet is aimed at conveying a message of hope; that there can be a different leadership and things could be conducted differently.”
Meanwhile, Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz presented party chairman Amir Peretz and Secretary-General Eitan Cabel with a petition containing 290 signatures of the party's center members calling for the party to immediately withdraw from Ehud Olmert's government.
Pines said, "Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about a new affair, a new investigation or a new suspension. This is a government that has lost the public's faith and the ability to rule. Labor should leave the government and build a governmental alternative to Netanyahu and the Likud."