Israel annexed the Golan in 198, in a move unanimously rejected the same year by the United Nations Security Council.
Netanyahu’s declaration came as UN-sponsored international efforts are being made to obtain a political accord to end the civil war in Syria.
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office say that Syrian President Assad demanded that one principle upon which the international talks will be based is that the Golan Heights be considered occupied territory that must be returned to Syria.
On Thursday, Netanyahu will fly to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netanyahu’s senior aides say the prime minister plans to bring up this issue at their meeting and to stress the same message to Putin.
The Council of the Arab League will hold on Thursday an extraordinary meeting to discuss Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks about the Golan Heights, local media reported.
The Council of the Arab League will hold on Thursday an extraordinary meeting at the level of permanent envoys to discuss Israeli Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu remarks about the Golan Heights, local media reported Tuesday, citing Kuwait’s permanent representative at the organization.
On Sunday, Netanyahu held Israel’s first Cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights, declaring the territory would remain permanently under the country’s control.
“Kuwait has demanded to hold this meeting to discuss the challenges due to the dangerous statements regarding the occupied Arab-Syrian Golans. These statements are steps toward escalation and constitute a blatant violation of the principles of international law and international decisions,” the Kuwaiti diplomat was quoted as saying by Egypt’s al-Ahram newspaper.
Syrian President Assad demanded that one principle upon which the international talks will be based is that the Golan Heights be considered occupied territory that must be returned to Syria.
from Veterans Today:
…by Ian Greenhalgh, Britain
The Golan Heights is perhaps the second most sensitive piece of real estate in the Middle East behind only the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
This is because it occupies a strategic position on the border between Israel and Syria, with the Lebanese border just to the northwest.
Many battles have been fought between Syria and Israel for control of these hills; Israel has control of them but they are actually inside Syria and this occupation by Israel is illegal.
The fact that the US has reminded Israel of this and will not support annexation is another indicator of the decreased…
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