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US rejects proposal for recognition of Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights

UN peacekeepers look through binoculars as they monitor the Israel-Syria border in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on February 10, 2018
JALAA MAREY (AFP)
Recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel is currently a popular topic among Israeli politicians

The US House of Representatives dismissed a legislative proposal this week from Representative Ron DeSantis of Florida regarding a US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“I don’t know why my Golan Heights amendment was not made in order and thus denied a vote. It was a germane amendment that would have provided the House with a chance to add clarity to the broader US policy vis-a-vis Syria,” DeSantis told Washington Free Beacon news.

“How could we even contemplate supporting anything other than the application of Israeli sovereignty to such a strategically significant area, especially given the plethora of malevolent forces that undermine security in the region,” the Florida Representative added.

The issue of recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel was a popular topic among Israeli politicians this week.

Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz revealed on Wednesday that the US might soon recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights which is considered occupied territory by most countries in the world.

In an interview with Reuters, Katz said that the issue is now “topping the agenda” in diplomatic talks with the US.

“This is the perfect time to make such a move. The most painful response you can give the Iranians is to recognize Israel’s Golan sovereignty - with an American statement, a presidential proclamation, enshrined (in law),” he said, referring to the the White House new hawkish line against Iran after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Jalaa Marey (AFP)

Katz believes that it would send the right message to Tehran:

“You want to destroy (U.S.-ally Israel), to generate attacks (against it)? Look, you got exactly the opposite.”

The intelligence minister was asked whether a US decision on the Golan Heights could be made this year, to which he answered “Yes, give or take a few months. I reckon there is great ripeness and a high probability this will happen.”S

Israeli lawmaker, Yair Lapid, also addressed the issue this week, when he toured the Golan Heights with 40 diplomats from around the world on Thursday, asking them to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the northern territory.

Lapid from the opposition party Yesh Atid was joined by diplomats from Great Britain, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Italy, Argentina among others, and stated that Israel will not give back the territory to a “mass murderer”, referring to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

“We came here to show them the complexity of the northern arena, in which (in addition to Lebanon on another side, there is) Syria on one side, which is having more and more Iranian boots on the ground as they deploy in the territory and Hezbollah, the biggest terror organization on earth, aiming at us more than 100,000 missiles in long range, middle range – and some of them accurate,” Lapid said.

“We wanted to tell the [diplomats] that Israel doesn’t want to go to war but if the Iranians establish themselves in Syria, the war will be inevitable. Now we can see how ridiculous and absurd the idea is that Israel will evacuate the Golan Heights and give it to a mass murderer who is cooperating with Iran and Hezbollah,” the Israeli lawmaker concluded.

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