In first cabinet meeting on territory captured from Syria in 1967, prime minister says land won’t be ceded as part of treaty to end Syrian civil war
The Golan Heights will forever remain part of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Sunday during the first-ever cabinet meeting held on the Golan.
Speaking in the Israeli town of Ma’aleh Gamla, next to an archaeological site where Jewish rebels stood off against Roman soldiers nearly 2,000 years ago, Netanyahu said he told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday that Israel does not oppose current efforts to reach a political agreement to end the Syrian civil war, but that Israel’s boundary line with the country will not change.
“I convened this celebratory meeting in the Golan Heights to send a clear message: The Golan will always remain in Israel’s hands. Israel will never withdraw from the Golan Heights,” he declared.
Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War from Syria and annexed it in 1981.
The international community never accepted Israel’s annexation, and Israeli leaders see in the turmoil in Syria a chance to convince the world to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan.
The meeting was the first ever held by the cabinet in the territory.
In his conversation with Kerry, Netanyahu said it was doubtful Syria can ever become again what it was. The prime minister told the top US diplomat that Jerusalem would not oppose a peace agreement for Syria, “on the condition that it doesn’t come at the cost of Israel’s security,” he said, “i.e. that at the end of the day, the forces of Iran, Hezbollah and Daesh will be removed from Syrian soil.”
“In the stormy region around us, Israel is the stabilizing factor; Israel is the solution, not the problem,” the prime minister added Sunday.
The Israel’s side of the border, where some 50,000 people live — among them Syrian Druze who do not recognize Israeli sovereignty — is characterized by a flourishing community working in agriculture and tourism, while the Syrian part of the Golan is a war-torn area where minorities are being persecuted, he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poses for a group picture with his government at the weekly cabinet meeting, held in the Golan Heights on April 17, 2016. (Effi Sharir/POOL)
“It is time that the international community recognized reality,” Netanyahu said. “Whatever happens on the other side of the border, the border itself will not move. Secondly, after 50 years it is time that the international community realized that the Golan will remain under Israeli sovereignty.”
Netanyahu added: “The Golan was an integral part of the Land of Israel in ancient times. That is documented by dozens of ancient synagogues around us. And the Golan is an integral part of the State of Israel in the present time.”
During the 19 years, from 1948-1967, in which the area was “under Syrian occupation,” it was used mostly for warfare against Israel, he said.
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United Nations Security Council meeting room. (Bernd Untied/Wikimedia Commons)
If Israel is chosen to fill a seat in the United Nations Security Council it would be a political farce and a scandal, Ahmad Majdalani, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Saturday, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Very little has been said in several months about this issue, since Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon suggested last April that US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is likely to support Israel’s becoming one of the five members to join the Security Council in 2019.
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Mexichem, a Mexican producer of plastic pipes and one of the world’s largest chemical and petrochemical companies, has won a tender to acquire control of Netafim, the world’s largest manufacturer of drip irrigation products, The Marker reported Monday morning. Mexichem will buy 80% of Netafim for $ 1.5 billion, marking the second time in six years control of Netafim has been transferred.
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These extremist “traditions” need to be exposed and rejected. They are actually nothing more than human rights abuses taking refuge under the banner of religion.
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The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Pieter Schoubroeck, circa 1570-1607 (Wikimedia Commons)
Recent archeological excavations at the site of the ancient city of Gezer have confirmed the Bible’s account of the city’s destruction by Egypt through fire.
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Insufferable traffic jams, growing awareness of healthy lifestyles and the new generation of chic bikes have contributed to the growing bicycle craze that has gripped Israel in the last few years. What once was a children’s activity or a specialized sport now attracts a wide range of cyclists who are part of one of Israel’s biking clubs or professionals commuting to work.
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It is an undeniable fact that the Israeli government caved into the religious tenacity of the Muslim side in the Temple Mount dispute. It took less than two weeks of violence to force Israel to admit to the error made by its Cabinet and all the experts with whom it consulted about probable Islamic reactions to placing security apparatus at the entrance to the Temple Mount and the gates of the Old City. There is no question that Israel’s backtracking was humiliating and that it granted a significant victory to Israel-haters.
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Quiet seems to have returned to the Temple Mount and its environs. Could it be that, overall, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handled the crisis successfully? Or perhaps he made tactical mistakes but succeeded on the strategic level? Or maybe it’s still too soon to say.
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Jared Kushner, the man entrusted by the president of the United States with reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, admitted this week that he had no idea how to do it.
“Everyone finds an issue” that blocks progress, the Trump son-in-law and senior White House adviser complained in a closed-door meeting with a group of congressional interns July 31. He suggested that instead, “let’s focus on, how do you come up with a conclusion to the situation.”