The US Votes Against Syria’s Right to the Golan Heights Captured by Israel In 1967

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When the US voted for the first time to strike down a resolution upholding Syria’s right to the Golan Heights, which Israel captured during the 1967 war, the Trump administration accepted permanent Israeli control of Golan, although that violates international law and also US policy. US Ambassador Nikki Haley called the resolution “biased against Israel,” and that the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone.
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The Golan Heights is a strategic location as it abuts Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. From its snow-capped north, it provides the headwaters of the Jordan River and 20% of Israel’s water.  During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Syrian forces came close to pushing Israeli forces off Golan, but stopped short, which may have been due to a threat of Israel using nuclear weapons against them, and Syria was defeated. Since 1973, US policy has been to publicly call for Israel to relinquish Golan, while quietly allowing US tax-deductible funds to expand Jewish settlements on the plateau. Neocons once again are directing US policy with full support of President Trump. -GEG

Hardly anyone noticed. The Trump administration quietly changed America’s long-held position on Syria’s strategic Golan Heights while attention was focused on the raucous political carnival in Washington. Though barely noticed, the policy change had enormous importance and will lead the United States into a lot of future Mideast misery.

The Golan Heights is a volcanic plateau that abuts Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. The plateau rises abruptly from the plain of Galilee, providing dominance of the entire region. To the north, Mt Hermon rises to over 9,000 feet (2,814 meters); the plateau slopes down at its southern extremity.

Golan provides the headwaters of the Jordan River and 15-20 percent of Israel’s water from its snow-capped north. Israeli artillery atop Golan can hit Damascus and its airport. Electronic intelligence systems on Golan look down onto southern Syria, intercepting all communications and detecting troop movements.

The plateau is quite fascinating. I have walked most of the Israeli-held side, observing dug-in tanks, artillery, and small forts surrounded by anti-tank ditches. Burned out wrecks of Syrian tanks and armor litter the countryside. I’ve also walked the Syrian side and explored the wrecked Syrian town of Kuneitra that was leveled by the Israelis in 1967.

Israel seized Golan in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and annexed the plateau in 1981. Almost all of Golan’s Arab population was driven out by the Israelis. The UN and US demanded that Israel return Golan to its rightful owner, Syria. After 1981, Israel moved over 20,000 settlers onto Golan to cement its control of the strategic heights and its water sources.

During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Syrian forces came close to pushing Israeli forces off Golan. Both sides suffered heavy casualties. For still unknown reasons, the Syrian armored offensive abruptly halted just as it reached the western edge of the plateau overlooking northern Israel.

My understanding is that Soviet recon satellites saw Israel deploying its nuclear bombs and missiles from their cave shelters. Moscow warned ally Syria that it risked nuclear attack by Israel unless its forces halted their advance so the Syrian offensive stopped on the verge of tactical success. This allowed Israel to concentrate enough reserve armored divisions to successfully counter-attack and drive Syria from the heights.

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“Israeli artillery atop Golan can hit Damascus and its airport. Electronic intelligence systems on Golan look down onto southern Syria, intercepting all communications and detecting troop movements.” The reverse being true – Muslim artillery & intelligence having similar control over Israel – and the fact that this is one of Israel’s water sources surely means that the ground lost to Israel all those years ago during a war needs to stay Israel’s. Syria was very nearly lost to the Islamic State and the influence of the unstable Iranian regime could mean who knows what in days to come. So as… Read more »

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damn jooooooooooooooooooows!