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Trump Set to Recognize Israel’s Claim to Occupied Golan Heights and Its Sizable Oil Reserves

Benjamin Netanyahu is seen during a security tour in the Golan Heights, near Israel's northern border with Syria, on April 11, 2016. PHOTO: Times of Israel/Kobi Gideon/GPO

Exporting Golan oil is problematic under international law but, were the U.S. to unilaterally recognize the Golan as Israel’s, that oil could potentially be exported to the U.S. Major U.S. oil investors and lobbyists are therefore pushing hard for Trump to make that move.

By Whitney Webb | 26 May 2018

MINT PRESS NEWS — While President Trump has reneged on many of his campaign promises — namely, those more populist and non-interventionist in nature — he has undeniably fulfilled those that appealed to his pro-Israel, Zionist supporters. First, Trump announced late last year that his administration would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This move was then followed by his more recent decision to unilaterally remove the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal, which has long been criticized by Israel.

Both moves were highly controversial and poorly received by many U.S. allies, particularly European nations. They were also both orchestrated and promoted by Trump’s top donor, Zionist billionaire and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who donated $30 million to the Republican Party following Trump’s fulfillment of his two major pro-Israel promises. Adelson was also responsible for the removal of H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser and his replacement with pro-Israel hawk and Adelson confidant John Bolton.

However, recent statements made by Israeli government officials suggest that Trump’s work on behalf of pro-Israel hard-liners is only just beginning. According to an exclusive report published in Reuters, the Israeli government is now pushing the Trump administration to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a portion of Southern Syria that Israel has occupied since 1967 and annexed in 1981.

International law still refuses to recognize the area as part of Israel, even though Israel has sent over 20,000 Jewish settlers to live in the area in order to permanently change the area’s ethnic-demographic composition, turning the native Druze population into a minority. Many of the Druze living in the occupied Golan have long complained of being routinely discriminated against under Israeli rule, and continue to support the Syrian government. In addition, the UN has accused Israel of “forcing citizenship” onto the group in a bid to increase its claim to sovereignty over the region. Israel hopes to add an additional 100,000 Jewish settlers to the area by 2020 in order to strengthen this claim. […]

2 Comments on Trump Set to Recognize Israel’s Claim to Occupied Golan Heights and Its Sizable Oil Reserves

  1. Putin & Moscow denounce Iran for anti-Israeli activity … From retired Indian Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar, ‘Russia Censures Iran’:

    Close ties between Russia and Israel are sailing into full view … it all does seem a cosy condominium between Putin and Netanyahu … Extraordinary statements for an establishment think tank known to be close to the Kremlin:

    The commentary contextualised Putin’s recent call for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syrian soil. It openly rapped the Iranians on the knuckle: “Iran’s operations in Syria go far beyond fighting terrorists and are hardly welcomed by anyone within the region and beyond. This heightens tensions in Israel’s relations with its bitter rivals … Serving as a platform for fighting the ‘Zionist’ enemy is something Syria needs the least.”

    Key elements [according to the Kremlin-tied think tank]:
    a) Russia holds Iran as responsible for ratcheting up tensions with Israel;
    b) Russia thoroughly disapproves of Syria being turned into a turf for Iran’s policy of ‘Resistance’ against Israel; and,
    c) Moscow expects the Assad regime to distance itself from Iran’s anti-Israeli activities.

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