UN Security Council says status of the Golan Heights will not change after Netanyahu vows it will remain part of Israeli territory?
The UN Security Council has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the annexed Golan Heights in Syria would “for ever” remain under Israeli control. The 15-member council agreed on Tuesday that the status of the Golan, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967, “remains unchanged”.
Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who holds this month’s council presidency recalled a 1981 UN resolution which states that Israel’s “decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights was nul and void and without any international legal effect.”
Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon issued a statement rejecting the council complaint. “It’s unfortunate that interested parties are attempting to use the council for unfair criticism of Israel.”
Past US-backed Israeli-Syrian peace efforts were predicated on a return of the Golan, where some 23,000 Israelis now live alongside roughly the same number of Druze Arabs loyal to Damascus.
Israel invaded and occupied the Syrian Golan Heights in order to cut off the Jordan River & Sea of Galilee from Syria and seize the important agricultural water supplies!
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