JNS: Ever since Israel seized control of the strategic plateau on the 1967 Six Day War, the US has abstained when the resolution titled “The Occupied Syrian Golan” was brought to a vote. While the resolution is non-binding, the annual ritual has served as an international censure of Israel’s decision in the early 1980s to bring the Golan under its sovereignty.
In one of her final major actions before resigning her post, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was set to proudly and officially change the American position on the matter by voting “no” on the resolution.
And, while Haley’s vote won’t keep the resolution from passing, it will certainly upset the balance of international diplomacy vis-a-vis the Israeli-Arab conflict by signaling that the US now accepts the Jewish state’s maintaining long-term control over the Golan. more …
Opinion: Progressive left talking points:
- Acknowledge that anti-Semitism is growing exponentially in Europe and the US
- Blame it on Donald Trump
- Ignore the US embassy move to Jerusalem
- Criticize Nikki Haley’s vote at the UN to block handing the Golan Heights over to Syria
- Ignore a December 2006 massive oil find in the Golan Heights
- Completely forget that Samantha Power was directed to abstain 8 times on the Golan
- Always call the lands Israel won back in the 1967 war as “Occupied”
What the world would also like to forget is that the land God gave to Abraham and his descendants after him included natural buffers for Israel’s protection from attack. Since the 1967 war Israel has given back Gaza and the Sinai leaving the nation exposed on two crucial sides:
- The Golan prevents attacks from the hill country in the north – Beshan (Ezekiel 39:2)
- Judea/West Bank Arabs present the most internal danger – Edom (Psalm 83:6)
- The Jordan River buffers Israel from Jordan on the east – Moab, Ammon (Psalm 83:6-7)
- The Gaza Strip once prevented attacks from the southwest – Philistia (Psalm 83:7)
- The Sinai once prevented attacks from the desert in the south – Amalek (Psalm 83:7)
Also forgotten is that the land granted to Israel’s rebirth by the 1917 Balfour Declaration included both sides of the Jordan river. In 1922 Britain caved to the Arabs creating the nation of Jordan: the original two-state solution
From 1922 to 1948, Britain made one concession after another to the Arabs. Despite siding with Germany in World War I, Arabs kept demanding the return of the land lost with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. When Islam has control of a land, it must remain under Muslim control.
In The Dhimmi, Bat Ye’or writes (page 45):
The jihad is a global conception that divides the peoples of the world into two irreconcilable camps: that of the dar al-Harb, the “Territory of War,” which covers those regions controlled by the infidels; and the dar al-Islam, “the Territory of Islam,” the Muslim homeland where Islamic law reigns. The jihad is the normal and permanent state of war between the Muslims and the dar al-Harb, a war that can only end with the final domination over unbelievers and the absolute supremacy of Islam throughout the world.
Once the forces of Islam conquer a land or territory, it is to remain under Islamic dominion forever (‘for generations’), and it is a mortal affront to the supremacy of Islam when such territories would ever be lost to the dominion of Islam and revert to previous – infidel – ownership as was the case in Palestine.
How interesting that the world, with the exception of a small percentage of literal Bible believers, sides with dar al-Harb.
(Bat Ye’or is the pen name of Gisèle Littman, an author of the history of religious minorities in the Muslim world and modern European politics. Born 1933 (age 85 years), Zemelek, Cairo, Egypt)