Monday, June 8, 2015

Israeli Minister calls on World to Recognize Golan Annexation


Israel's annexation of Syria's Golan should never be recognized as legitimate, legal, lawful or moral- If anything Israel should have long been ordered out of that area. 

A far-right Israeli minister on Sunday called for the international community to endorse his country’s 1981 annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights, where he called for increased Jewish settlement.
“I call on the international community... to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan,” Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, said in a speech at a time of increasing world pressure on Israel over the occupied West Bank and Arab east Jerusalem.
Bennett sees the sparsely-populated Golan as a very different case from the Palestinian territories and a vital buffer between Israel and the turmoil raging a few hundred metres where the Syrian government has lost control of the border region to rebels.

“I understand that there is a disagreement on Judaea and Samaria, what the world calls the West Bank. I understand that on this we shall agree to disagree,” he said.

“But the Golan, to ban agricultural exports from the Golan? Where is the logic, where is your morality.”
“Who would you like us to give the Golan Heights to? To (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad? To (Al-Qaeda affiliate) Al-Nusra Front? To the Islamic State (Jihadist) group. To (Lebanon«s) Hizbullah?),” he asked.
Golan doesn't belong to Bashar Assad, it is part of a nation, not a holding of one individual. As for Israelis jihadies in Golan... I've said plenty on that previously.
Bennett, the education minister and a leading supporter of the settlement movement, addressing a security conference at Herzliya near Tel Aviv, condemned boycott efforts by opponents of Jewish settlement.
He compared the mounting economic and diplomatic pressure on Israel to end its occupation of territories seized in the 1967 Six-Day War to the international community’s stance on other disputed territories.

“Enough hypocrisy, enough of double standards,” he said.

“The European Union does not treat occupied northern Cyprus or Western Sahara in the same way it treats the Golan.”

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres of the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and annexed it 14 years later, in a move never recognised by the international community.

“The world cried out and harshly criticised Israel then. There is not one country which recognised the Golan as part of the state of Israel, including our best friends,” Bennett said.

He said the current Israeli population of the strategic plateau was 23,000.

“We have settled on the Golan the equivalent of a few villages in Tuscany,” he said, setting an ambitious target for expansion.

“One hundred thousand Jews on the Golan Heights in five years, it is achievable.”

The international community regards all Israeli construction on land seized during the Six-Day War as illegal.

The European Union in 2013 issued guidelines banning European institutions from dealing with Israeli entities operating in settlements.

“The territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 comprise the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including east Jerusalem,” it said.

“The EU does not recognise Israel’s sovereignty over any of the territories referred to... and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory, irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law.”

The EU doesn't "recognise" the sovereignty- but they don't protest loudly either.


  1. When Israel uses the noun "world" as if it had a legal voice to support the expansion into the Golan, trickery is already in high gear. Blood soaked ground must be rich in an unknown spiritual substance, a bit like the home of the Abrahamic trifecta of religions. Get ready for a new round of rock, paper, and scissors. Those of you who can not identify the cast really are not up to the job of discussing the game. Grrrrr is right but the magi lives on misdirection.

  2. International community is an elite invention, it simply does not exist, a ruse based on imperfect understanding of biology. I went to a tiny little Asian woman doctor who was quite young, my multicultural homes contribution to my health care. We spoke the same language,at least nominally but community, no.

  3. Agreed rubbell!
    International community is an 'elite invention' along the lines of appeal to authority
    As if the imaginary international community is something real or valid.
    It's just an appeal to a totally illusory authority- never defined
    What constitutes the 'international community'?
    Psycho leaders?

  4. So the International community does not exist in your mind. Very few people believe that God gave the zionist the Golan Heights. I guess that makes them anti semitic? The golan heights were stolen after israel proposed a cease fire and the Syrians accepts and they took the military off fighting status. It was preplanned long before because the Israel had placed a traitor in the syrian government and he identified the locations of the protective cannons on the hills. He was justly hanged for his offenses.
    It does not matter if you do not like the International community because few of any organization outside your religion believe you should keep the heights. Of course the recently discovered oil has nothing to do with the long desire to flood it with settlers.

    1. What are you speaking about? I haven't a clue. Could you clarify?

      "So the International community does not exist in your mind"
      Who is that question directed too?

      The international community in a clear defined fashion does not exist- period-
      What passes as the 'international community' is who ever serves elite ideologies
      After all it was the 'international community' that created Israel
      After all it is the 'international community' that sits on it's hands wrt Israel's genocide on Palestinians.
      After all it is the 'international community' that can't find a way other then war, exploitation, tyranny etc to resolve conflict

      The Israeli politician is giving credence to a contrived entity as if it's actually prevented Israel from committing any of it's evil deeds.

      His claim wrt "international community" blocking Israel, is a victim play, Should be disregarded- What's interesting is that he is saying aloud that Israeli plans to keep Syrian land and he is telling the 'international community' to just legitimize it for perception management reasons

  5. What a stupid conclusion once again. In the comments I mean. Of course the international community is clearly defined as the countries, states and entities that are internationally recognized. They have an organization - the UNO and they have international law as well. They even have a measure to force their opinion, militarily if necessary. That is the security council. It just does not work very well.
    That Israeli "Minister" is also wrong about his claim that the EU would make a difference between North Cyphrus, West Sahara and Golan. On the contrary. All three are "unresolved conflicts" that the EU tries to resolve with minimal investment. Noth Cyphrus is part of Cyphrus, even nominally a member of the EU. Westsahara is nominally Independent from Marocco with the organization POLISARIO in charge. Golan is part of Syria and if Israel will ever make peace it will be forced to give up Golan. There are also internationally recognized borders for the West Bank, and, by the way, it is illegal in the EU to import products from the territories. This is the least enforced sanction of the EU, unfortunately.

    1. Of course the international community is clearly defined as the countries, states and entities that are internationally recognized

      You wanna talk stupid?
      The "international community" shifts the same as the wind blows
      Who is the decider of "internationally recognized" countries?
      Oh, yes, the US
      When people within a nation decide to form a country it's not 'internationally recognized' unless the US recognizes it

      To say their is an international community as if it's fixed and credible is an absurdity

  6. There is no international law simply because there is NO enforcement of international law.

  7. Israel defeated Syria in war, and under the international law everyone is so fond of quoting, is entitled to keep the conquered land. Israel even offered to hand back the Golan if Syria would agree a peace treaty, but apparently this is too much for the Arabs.

    1. "Israel even offered to hand back the Golan if Syria would agree a peace treaty'
      Could you substantiate that claim?
      If you cannot I'll assume that's simply, completely non credible

    2. Israel is entitled to keep nothing (not even Tel Aviv)

      Israel is conducting an illegal occupation. The UN made it quite clear in 1973 that oppressed people have every right to defend themselves by any means.
      UN resolution 3013 states:
      "The struggles of peoples under colonial and alien domination and racist regimes for the implementation of their right to self-determination and independence is legitimate and in full accordance with the principles of international law."
      So in accordance with international law the rest of the world should arm the oppressed Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese people to aid them in getting rid of their arrogant and unwelcome alien visitors.

  8. "The struggles of peoples under colonial and alien domination and racist regimes for the implementation of their right to self-determination and independence is legitimate and in full accordance with the principles of international law."

    Thanks for that Phil Gibbons, I liked it so much I repeated it :)

  9. Does anyone get the impression with the recent large scale military preparedness exercises that Israel is preparing for some more territorial expansion following the breakup of Syria while trying to resolve some unfinished business with Hezbollah after the 2006 fiasco?