‘Israel gained possession over the Golan Heights in a defensive war over 50 years ago, and has responsibly controlled the area ever since…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, brought forward a Senate resolution that would affirm America’s belief that Israel should have sovereignty in the Golan Heights.
The Golan Heights is an area situated between on Israel’s northern border—between Syria, Lebanon and Jordan—that provides tactical advantage in controlling the surrounding regions. It has historically been a center of conflict between Syria and Israel, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has let the conflict settle in recent years as he focuses on defending his regime in the Syrian Civil War.
“Israel’s northern border is threatened by Iranian forces and their proxies in Lebanon and Syria, including Hezbollah’s 150,000 rockets, armed drones, newly discovered terror tunnels, and more,” Cruz and Cotton said in a press release.
“Meanwhile, with the Ayatollahs’ help, Bashar al Assad’s regime is on the verge of securing victory in Syria’s civil war. He may soon turn his attention back to threatening the Jewish state.”
The resolution recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself by controlling the Golan Heights, and that “it is in the United States’ national security interest to ensure Israel’s security.”
The United Nations currently considers the Golan Heights Syrian territory that Israel illegally occupies.
The resolution provides a history of the Golan Heights, including its 1967 capture after Syria used the Golan Heights to attack Israel.
President Gerald Ford guaranteed America’s support for Israel to defend attacks from the Golan Heights, which he said could require Israel to possess the region.
“The U.S. has not developed a final position on the borders,” Ford said. “Should it do so it will give great weight to Israel’s position that any peace agreement with Syria must be predicated on Israel remaining on the Golan Heights.”
Israel began to officially govern the Golan Heights in 1981.
“Israel gained possession over the Golan Heights in a defensive war over 50 years ago, and has responsibly controlled the area ever since,” Cruz and Cotton said. It’s past time for the United States to recognize reality by affirming Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”