Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Washington isolated at UN Security Council meeting on Golan Heights


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

After the recognition of the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights by President Donald Trump, the United States has come under fire in the UN Security Council. Even Britain, the United States’ closest ally, said Wednesday at the emergency meeting in New York requested by Syria of a violation of UN Resolution 497, which declared annexation “null and void”. The other states represented on the panel, including Germany and Belgium, condemned Washington’s biased approach.

Trump had on Monday in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Israel’s sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights recognized by Israel in 1981 had been recognized. The annexation of the area conquered during the six-day war of 1967 was never recognized by the international community. It has been international consensus to date that the status of the high plateau can only be decided as part of a comprehensive peace settlement.

Following Trump’s decision, the United Nations stressed that, from their point of view, the legal status of the Golan Heights does not change. The European countries in the UN security council- Germany, Belgium, France, UK and Poland – also stated on Tuesday that they continue to view the Golan Heights as Syrian territory.

US Representative to the UN Security Council, Rodney Hunter, defended Trump’s decision on Wednesday. It contributes to the security of Israel and stability in the Middle East by keeping Syria and its ally Iran at bay. At the same time, Hunter emphasized that the United States did not question the UN Blue Helmet mission deployed in the buffer zone on the Golan in 1974. The mandate of the 1000-strong UN observer detachment on the Golan Heights  must be renewed in June.

Meanwhile, according to Syrian state media, Israel attacked targets near Aleppo on Wednesday. The Syrian air defense had fended off the Israeli attack, reported the official news agency Sana on Wednesday evening. The goal was an industrial complex northeast of Aleppo. Several residents of the city said the attacks had led to a power outage.

According to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Israeli bombardment of ammunition dumps of “Iranian troops and their allies” was that there had been several strong explosions.

Israel has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in Syria in the past. The Israeli army bombed facilities of Syrian government forces and their allies, including Hezbollah and Iranian units. Israel fears a growing influence of the archenemy Iran in Syria. The Golan Heights, high plateau on the border of Israel and Syria, are of great strategic importance and have been a major issue in the Middle East conflict for decades.

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