A former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces says while a recent request that the U.S. recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights isn’t new, it’s more likely to meet with success now that there’s a pro-Israel occupant in the Oval Office.
Over the past few weeks, Israel has targeted a number of Iranian targets in Syria. In the midst of rising tension in the Golan region, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly requested for the United States to acknowledge Israel’s longstanding sovereignty over the Golan Heights – an area that’s strategically important for his country’s defense.
“The Golan Heights is tremendously important for our security,” Netanyahu said in Jerusalem on January 7, adding that Israel “will never leave the Golan Heights.”
OneNewsNow spoke with former IDF officer Miri Eisin, who explains some of the history of that region.
“For the past five decades, the region has been divided between Israel and Syria,” she explains, noting that since 1981 Israel has occupied “the Western part and [has even] formally annexed it, but without any international recognition.”
Having once served as the head of the combat intelligence corps for the IDF and assistant to the director of military intelligence, Eisin provides incredible insight to Netanyahu’s motives.
“Netanyahu is hoping that a supportive U.S. administration – [one] that is not averse of questioning long-held international norms and opinions – will be the first to recognize Israel’s de-facto rule over the Golan Heights,” she offers.
The former IDF officer points out that previous prime ministers, including Netanyahu, “were willing to negotiate with Syrian presidents the return of the Israeli-held Golan Heights in exchange for a peace treaty.” Eisen shares. “[But] the last seven years of horrific civil war in Syria [has] persuaded most Israeli leadership [that there’s no option to return] the strategically-dominating area to the murderous regime in Syria.”
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SOURCE: One News Now, J.M. Phelps