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Israeli Official: After Trump Enters White House, Jewish State Should Push for Formal US Recognition of Sovereignty Over Golan

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Kulanu MK and Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren. Photo: Anne Mandlebaum via Wikimedia Commons.

Kulanu MK and Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren. Photo: Anne Mandlebaum via Wikimedia Commons.

After President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House next month, the Jewish state should push for formal US recognition of its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an Israeli official said in remarks published by Bloomberg on Wednesday.

“If it weren’t for Israel’s presence [in the Golan], the Syria war would be spilling over to Jordan,” Kulanu MK and Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren — a former Israeli ambassador to the US — told Bloomberg. “So Israel’s presence in the Golan is indispensable for Mideast stability.”

Furthermore, Oren pointed out, “There are something like 90 ancient synagogues that have been discovered in Israel, 34 of them in the Golan,” he said. “This was always part of the land of Israel. So let us extend our sovereignty in a formal way.”

An unnamed Israeli Foreign Ministry official quoted by Bloomberg said the ministry was looking into the potential consequences of such a move by the US.

The Golan Heights is a strategic plateau that Israel took control of from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in 1981, in a move that was not recognized internationally.

In April — as reported in The Algemeiner  — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his country would never give up the Golan. Past peace talks with Syria — none of which have taken place since the outbreak of the war there five years ago — included proposals for Israeli withdrawals from much of the Golan.

Last year, it was reported that Netanyahu had urged US President Barack Obama to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan — a request that was not answered.

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  • Keith James

    the Lobby better first brief Trump on where the Golan Heights are….

  • Bear Klein

    Great idea. Also recognition of a unified Jerusalem.

  • Ken Kelso

    MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2008

    The Golan Hights – Historical Rights and Legitimacy .

    The Golan is where the tribes of Dan and Menashe settled, and Israeli kings ranging from Saul to Herod ruled there. The Golan saw consecutive Jewish settlement for 800 years; 300 Jewish communities from the time of the Mishna and Talmud were discovered there, along with the remnants of 27 synagogues. Later, 1,000 years of desolation followed, until the Jews returned. In the 16th century, the Ottoman Turks came in control of the area and remained so until the end of World War I.

    The Golan belongs to Israel because it is the estate of the Jews forefathers and not only by the power of occupation in a defensive war against an aggressor, like America in Texas and Polandand former German territories.

    Syria controlled the Golan for only 21 years, half the period it has been under Israeli rule. Almost half of its territory has been purchased by Rothschild and later robbed by the Syrian government. Jews settled in the Golan as early as 1886 (long before the Syrian Arab Republic existed) but they were expelled, massacred, or fled because of malaria.

    In 1886, the Jewish B’nei Yehuda society of Safed purchased a plot of land four kilometers north of the present-day religious moshav of Keshet, but the community, named Ramataniya, failed one year later. In 1887, the society purchased lands between the modern-day Bene Yehuda and Kibbutz Ein Gev. This community survived until 1920, when two of its last members were murdered in the anti-Jewish riots which erupted in the spring of that year. In 1891, Baron Rothschild purchased approximately 18,000 acres (73 km²) of land in the Hauran, about 15 km east of modern Ramat Hamagshimim. Immigrants of the First Aliyah (1881–1903) established five small communities on this land, but were forced to leave by the Ottomans in 1898. The lands were farmed until 1947 by the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association (PICA) and the Jewish Colonization Association, when they were seized by the Syrian army.

    According to the Agreement of San Remo,(April 1920) The mandate for Palestine comprises an area incorporating what is now the entire state of Israel, including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. The mandate specifically states that a national homeland for the Jewish people should be established in Palestine, but that the rights of non-Jews should be protected. In 1923, Britain ceded the Golan Heights (1,176 square kilometers of the Palestine Mandate) to the French Mandate of Syria, in spite of the specifications of the San Remo agreements and the Mandate for Palestine which was conferred on Britain in 1922 by The League of Nations. Jews were also barred from living there. Jewish settlers on the Golan Heights were forced to abandon their homes and relocate inside the westerb area of the British Mandate.

    Claims that the Golan is Syrian land has no geographic or historical basis. All theese evens should be known before we talk about strategy and security.

    And the situation today?

    A poll found that 48% of the public said they would refuse an order to evacuate the Golan. This strengthen the Golan loyalists, and it appears to undermine Israel’s right to hand over parts of the country to other states.

    With the exception of Stalinist Russia, states only expelled the populations of enemies defeated in war, rather than their own citizens. And just like depriving a person of his rights and freedoms is forbidden, “cleansing” the Golan off Jews would not only be a national sin, but also a crime against humanity, which allows for the right to resist. Should Golan leaders not internalize this, the Gush Katif tragedy shall repeat.

  • The first goal is the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem, Israel. After the new American embassy is opened, then Israel should wisely pursue formal U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.