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Israel’s Vow to Keep Golan Brings “Deep Concern” at UN Security Council (summaries of 3 articles (NYT, Ynet, & NY Post) by Daily Alert)

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Apr. 27, 2016

Israel’s Vow to Keep Golan Brings “Deep Concern” at UN Security Council – Rick Gladstone
UN Security Council president Amb. Liu Jieyi of China said after a closed meeting Tuesday that the council’s 15 members had “expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan, and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged.” He emphasized that Resolution 497 of December 1981 states that “the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted last week that “the time has come for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain under Israel’s sovereignty permanently.”  (New York Times)
See also Israel: UN Announcement on Golan Ignores Reality – Moran Azulay
The Israel Foreign Ministry responded to the UN Security Council’s announcement regarding the Golan Heights: “The Security Council’s announcement ignores the reality in Syria. Who is Israel supposed to negotiate with about the future of the Golan? Islamic State? Al-Qaeda? Hizbullah? The Iranian and Syrian forces which have slaughtered thousands of people? In view of the war raging in Syria and the stability and security of the Golan Heights that Israel has established over nearly 50 years, the suggestion that Israel will leave the Golan Heights is unreasonable.”  (Ynet News)
The New UN Consensus on Syria: Israel Must Pay – Benny Avni
On Tuesday the UN Security Council, including America, finally agreed on something regarding Syria: It must get back the Golan Heights from Israel. Not Raqqa, the capital of the ISIS caliphate, nor ancient Palmyra. Not northeast Syria, owned by the Kurds, nor the Syrian heartlands controlled by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. And not the enclaves ruled by Druze and various warlords. Nah. After all, what are half a million lost Syrian lives compared to Syria’s wounded pride over events of a half-century ago?
Soon after the Syrian civil war erupted in 2012, Assad started neglecting the Golan. The border area was taken over by gangs who discovered that kidnapping UN peacekeepers is a lucrative business. The UN withdrew its peacekeepers to the safety of the Israeli side. (New York Post)

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