Israel's Energy Minister Uzi Landau has decided to renew exploration licenses on the Golan, Hebrew daily "Yediot Ahronot" reported on Sunday . Since the application of Israeli law on the Golan in 1981, it was decided that the Petroleum Law (5711-1951) also applied to the Golan and that it was possible to search for oil. Following attempts at negotiations with Syria by the Yitzhak Rabin government, the government froze exploration licenses. In 1996, during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first term as prime minister, there were calls to renew the exploration licenses. A few weeks ago, Landau decided to reopen the Golan to oil and gas exploration and the decision was secretly approved.