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April 19, 2016 10:38 am

Arab League, US, Germany Reject Israel’s Golan Heights Affirmation

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting the Golan Heights. The Arab League has denounced Israel’s “escalation” over control in the area. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting the Golan Heights. The Arab League has denounced Israel’s “escalation” over control in the area. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

JNS.org – The Arab League has denounced Israel’s “escalation” over control in the Golan Heights, while Germany and the United States also rejected Israeli claims on the strategic territory.

Israel’s cabinet held its weekly meeting in the Golan on Sunday to affirm the Jewish state’s sovereignty in the area.

“Israel will never come down from the Golan Heights….In the 49 years Israel has controlled the Golan, it has been a place of peace and prosperity. Israel today is the solution, not the problem,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

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On Monday, Arab League General-Secretary Nabil al-Arabia said Netanyahu’s comments marked “a new escalation that represents a brazen violation of international law.”

At the same time, Germany’s Foreign Ministry on Monday said that Israel’s decision to unilaterally maintain control over the Golan Heights would violate international law. German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said it is “a basic principle of international law and the U.N. charter that no state can claim the right to annex another state’s territory just like that.”

The U.S. State Department also said that the American position on the Golan Heights has not changed, and that it does not recognize the territory as part of Israel.

Following Netanyahu’s comments, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad said his country would “retake the Golan Heights by any means necessary, including using military force.”

According to recent reports, a negotiated deal on the Syrian civil war that is being worked on by world powers would declare the Golan Heights as Syrian territory.

Israel gained control of the strategically important Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War. After Israel briefly lost territory during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel and Syria established a United Nations-monitored cease-fire line in the region, with Israel taking the western two-thirds of the territory. Amid the ongoing Syrian civil war, the territory continues to play a strategic role for Israel. Iran, Hezbollah, and the Islamic State terror group all have a presence in Syrian territory near the Israeli border.

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  • Tess

    Once again a callus and calculating move of anti Israel nations to ignore the intended genocide of Jews across the golan heights

  • tiki

    First the Golan….than Judea/Samaria.

    The negotiations about the so called 2-state solution must be with the proper partner….Jordan and not with the virtual State of “Palestine” which has no claim whatsoever to the place!

    So Mr. Biden & friends can slam what they want….in the end things will go as they must go.

    Israel & Jordan ….the 2-state solution with negotiated borders
    somewhere in the middle of the “”W-Bank””.

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