U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday evening to state that it was time the United States recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights
After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed U.S. president for making statement that “changes history,” protects Israel from the “Iranian threat.”
At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump! @realDonaldTrump
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) March 21, 2019
Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit claims the League supports Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights. “The League of Arab States fully supports Syria’s right for its occupied territory. We have a specific position, based on resolutions, on this issue,” Gheit said. The official insisted that the Golan Heights were occupied territory belonging to Syria under international law and the resolutions of the United Nations and the UN Security Council.
The Gulf Cooperation Council regional group of six Arab monarchies expressed regret on Friday at U.S. President Donald Trump’s call to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The spokesperson for the EU delegation to Israel stated that the European Union will not change its position regarding the Golan Heights. The European Union, in line with international law, does not recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights, and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory,” the spokesperson said.
The German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer also condemned Trump’s call to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the strategic territory. “If national borders should be changed it must be done through peaceful means between all those involved,” Demmer said.
“The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of 1981,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing, adding that UN Security Council resolutions had recognized the annexation as illegal.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat, meanwhile, said that recognizing the annexation will bring instability and bloodshed in the region.
Yesterday president Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s https://t.co/A8nWFdMkyz for regional stability he wants to make sure that the occupied Syrian Golan Hieghts be under Israel’s sovereignty. What shall tomorrow bring ? Certain destabilisation and bloodshed in our region.
— Dr. Saeb Erakat الدكتور صائب عريقات (@ErakatSaeb) March 21, 2019
Turkey also condemned Trump’s declaration that Washington will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Trump’s move has brought the region to the edge of a new crisis. “We cannot allow the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights,” Erdogan told at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. “The territorial integrity of states is the most fundamental principle of international law,” said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a tweet.
The territorial integrity of states is the most fundamental principle of international law. Attempts by the #US to legitimize #Israel's actions against international law will only lead to more violence and pain in the region. Turkey supports #Syria's territorial integrity.
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) March 21, 2019
“Trump’s personal and ill-considered decision is dangerous and will only lead to further crises in the Middle East,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that a change in the status of the Golan Heights would be a direct violation of United Nations decisions, said in a report citing ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
“Syria strongly condemns the US president’s irresponsible statements about the occupied Golan Heights. These statements confirm the United States’ blind commitment to Israel and support of its aggressive ways,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said.
Israel occupied Golan Heights during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It later “annexed” the territory in 1981 in a move unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.