Netanyahu ally urges world to accept Israel’s hold on Golan

Reuters — A far-right ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to recognize Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, saying Syria no longer functions as a country that could reclaim the strategic plateau.

The remarks by security cabinet minister Naftali Bennett appeared aimed at capitalizing on global debate over how to handle Syria’s de facto break-up during a four-year-old insurgency, as well as at undermining support for Palestinian statehood on other land Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

“I call on the international community: Stand with us, recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights now,” Bennett said in a speech to the Herzliya Conference, an annual Israeli policy forum. “Borders are changing daily. Syria, as a state, no longer exists. So this is the time for initiative”…

  • Jay Currie

    Well, who would Israel hand the Golan back to?

    Makes far more sense to formally annex it and be done.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      The day Assad falls would be the perfect time!
      End this nonsense and get it over with and take everything up to the 1974 “purple line”.
      It has now been Israel’s over TEN TIMES LONGER than it has been Syria’s.
      Syria had it for only 4 and a half years (Syria was not a country until 1963) and Israel has had it for almost 50-years in a war Syria started. Yes, Syria attacked Israel in 1967.
      Syria had numerous opportunities to get it back through a peace deal and they refused.

  • Clear Thinker

    Syria, or what is left of it, attacked its’ neighbour who was going about their business quietly and legally. Syria lost. You keep land you win to show your attackers why war is not a good thing to prosecute. War must be painful and brutish, under the Laws of War, but it must never be desired as a usual thing. The Arabs have yet to understand this, so we must allow them to learn, however painful it must be.

    • mobuyus

      I am all for more serious education.

  • Jay Currie

    ISIS is teaching the Middle East a very useful lesson – it is better to be feared than loved.

    Israel is never going to be loved. Annexing the Golan will cause assorted hand wringing to which Israel is entitled to reply, “You want ISIS to have it?” which will shut up the Arabs. (Nothing will shut up the Euros but no one pays much attention to them these days.)

    Right now in the Middle East having a serious army, navy and air force is a very good thing. Israel should, carefully, use theirs.