Time For US To Fully Recognise Israel Sovereignty In Golan Heights

Posted March 22, 2019

After 52 years of illegal Israeli occupation, it is time for the Golan Heights to be given back to Syria, as it is occupied Syrian land. Syria unsuccessfully tried to retake the territory in 1973.

Trump's announcement came as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Jerusalem, lauding warm ties with Israel and promising to step up pressure on Iran.

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit announced that the league fully supports Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Syria's neighbor Turkey was the first major power to condemn the move, with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warning it "will only lead to more violence and pain in the region".

Zehut leader Moshe Feiglin praised the recognition, as well as rumors that the Trump administration may allow Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard to move to Israel.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

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"I know that you and the president have an outstanding working relationship", Pompeo said, addressing Netanyahu.

J Street, a liberal Jewish-American lobbying group, criticized Trump's action, saying that premature US recognition of Israeli sovereignty of Golan is a needlessly provocative move that violates global law. "You made history", Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying.

I still remember some people telling me during the last election that Trump would be tougher on Israel than Clinton. Lol.

"At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, @POTUS Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights".

Last week, in its annual human rights report, the US State Department erased the phrase "Israeli-occupied" from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it "Israeli-controlled".

Such a move would upend decades of US policy but fall in line with the Trump administration's pattern of lavishing Israel with symbolic gifts and political support.

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Netanyahu is scheduled to leave Sunday for a four day trip to America and will have ample opportunity to thank Trump for his largess, with not one, but two meetings with Trump scheduled.

The wording of Trump's tweet likely falls short of a formal, declarative recognition, according to Dan Shapiro, former USA ambassador to Israel under former President Barack Obama.

In a press conference with Pompeo, Netanyahu accused Iran of trying to set a terrorist network to target Israel in the Golan Heights. But little more than a statement from the president or secretary of state is necessary to secure the major US policy shift.

Panetta, who was speaking on CNN, said the Golan recognition "gives up one of the chips that everyone thought would be part of a Middle East peace agreement deal".

Previous US administrations have treated Golan Heights as occupied Syrian territory, in line with United Nations security council resolutions.

As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before.

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"This is not surprising in terms of policy, and in that the timing is transparently political", Shapiro said, referencing Israel's April 9 elections. Those states, however, have long rejected Israel's annexation of the Golan.