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European Union Reaffirms Rejection of Israeli Sovereignty in Golan Heights

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The Golan Heights. The EU reaffirmed that it does not recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Golan Heights. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s (EU) foreign policy chief, on Tuesday reaffirmed that the EU does not recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.

“The EU recognizes Israel within its pre-1967 boundaries, regardless of the [Israeli] government’s claims on other areas, until a final settlement is reached,” Mogherini said before a Brussels-based meeting of international donors who convened to support of the Palestinian economy, AFP reported.

“This is a shared position reaffirmed by the European Union and its member states,” she added.

The EU’s statement follows similar comments by the Obama administration, which also said that it does not recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.

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“Every administration on both sides of the aisle since 1967 has maintained that those territories are not part of Israel,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday.

On Sunday, Israel’s cabinet chose to hold its weekly meeting in the Golan Heights in order 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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