Washington Free Beacon: The Biden administration is walking back the United States’ historic recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region along Israel’s northern border, a significant blow to the Jewish state and one of the Trump administration’s signature foreign policy decisions.
The Trump administration declared the territory—seized by Israel from Syria in 1967 and later annexed by the country—to be wholly part of the Jewish state in 2019. Then-secretary of state Mike Pompeo took a trip to the area in 2020 and reaffirmed that America formally abandoned a decades-long policy of considering the area occupied.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken first raised questions about the Biden administration’s view on the matter in February, when he would not say if his State Department continues to abide by the former administration’s decision. At the time, Blinken would only say the Golan Heights “remains of real importance to Israel’s security,” but that its formal status remains unclear. Pressed on the issue by the Washington Free Beacon, a State Department official said the territory belongs to no one and control could change depending on the region’s ever-shifting dynamics.
“As long as [Bashar al-Assad] is in power in Syria, as long as Iran is present in Syria, militia groups backed by Iran, the Assad regime itself—all of these pose a significant security threat to Israel, and as a practical matter, the control of the Golan remains of real importance to Israel’s security.”
Recognizing Israel’s control as a “practical matter,” however, falls far short of the formal policy change ordered by the Trump administration, which became the first government to recognize Israel’s complete control over the territory. As it stands now, U.S. policy on the matter is unclear, at best. Read More …
Opinion: Can you picture how elated the Edomites of Judea, Gaza, Jordan, Iran and Syria are? Imagine Arab leaders recounting their good fortune that a Jewish US Secretary of State would not say if his State Department will continue to abide by the former administration’s decision.
Secretary Blinken’s omission is very loud.
I remember standing on the shore of the Sea of Galilee on our visit there several years ago. I remember the beautiful communities in the hills surrounding that Biblically rich body of water, and when I looked across the sea, the Golan hills loomed large. If there were terrorists there, living in Galilee would be impossible.
God bless President Trump for protecting God’s people. If/when the Golan is handed to Syria, expect bloodshed and war.