President Donald Trump stood side by side with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s absolute sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The move fulfilled America’s promise to support the Jewish state established after the Holocaust, and one long overdue.
Since Israel seized the Golan Heights tract of land from Syria in a bloody war that pitted antisemitic forces against Israel in 1967, American foreign policy has been indecisive, to say the least. But under President Trump’s leadership, the U.S. has been all-in, already moving the American embassy to Jerusalem.
“Today, aggressive action by Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hezbollah, continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel — very violent attacks,” Trump said while signing the proclamation in the Oval Office. “This should have been done numerous presidents ago.”
Just as President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and others gathered at the White House, Israel’s military was responding to a violent rocket attack launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.
“Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression,” Netanyahu said. “Israel will not tolerate this. I will not tolerate it.”
And the ongoing attacks on the Jewish people from multiple fronts underscores the reason that radical Muslims in the region are not suitable partners for peace negotiations.
“Hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel, and the United States will never negotiate with terrorist Hamas,” Vice President Pence said.
Israel took the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War initiated by Syria. Most of the Golan inhabitants retreated after Syrian forces were repelled, and Israel recognized a self-defense need to control Golan. The heights provide a militarily strategic high ground to monitor and defend against incursions from enemy states such as Iran and Syria. The topography also acts as a natural barrier and remains a critical source of water for the Jewish state.
In 1971, Syria launched a sneak attack that killed numerous Israelis, but was again thwarted. An armistice was signed in 1974. Israel formally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, a move rejected by the U.N. Security Council. To date, Israel has upwards of 20,000 settlers living in the relatively small but vital area. President Trump’s declaration comes at a time when violence against Israel grows, and the American ally is in critical jeopardy.
Rogue regimes such as Iran routinely hold rallies chanting “death to Israel, death to America” and have been labeled a sponsor of terror. Iranian leaders denounced Trump’s measure.
“No one could imagine that a person in America comes and gives the land of a nation to another occupying country, against international laws and conventions,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
Extremists in Turkey also responded to Trump’s unwavering support of Israel.
“Attempts by the U.S. to legitimize Israel’s actions against international law will only lead to more violence and pain in the region,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened.
“The U.N. has the final verdict on this,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “It is not possible for the U.N. General Assembly to approve the issue.”
U.S. acting Ambassador to the U.N. Jonathan Cohen continued the forceful and clear-headed policies set by former Ambassador Nikki Haley and the Trump Administration. His response to countries such as Turkey, Syria, Iran, and others believing they could exploit the U.N. to get leverage over Israel was blunt.
“To allow the Golan Heights to be controlled by the likes of the Syrian and Iranian regimes would turn a blind eye to the atrocities of the Assad regime and malign and destabilizing presence of Iran in the region,” Cohen said. There “can be no peace agreement that does not satisfactorily address Israel’s security needs in the Golan Heights.”
The very antisemitic statements made by radical Muslim world leaders prove President Trump’s support of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights is both warranted and necessary. The 100 percent support of Israel’s sovereign rights also comes as antisemitic Democrats have grown increasingly vocal in the U.S. Congress.
~ Conservative Zone