U.S. votes 'no' on United Nations resolution censuring Israeli control over Golan Heights

US to Reject UN Resolution Calling on Israel to Return Golan Heights to Syria

For the first time, the United States will vote against the annual United Nations resolution demanding Israel relinquish the Golan Heights according to a statement from the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Thursday.

It appears these predictions may be coming to fruition as Haley readies to vote against the resolution Friday in what would be a historic change in U.S. policy on the issue. However, David Friedman, Trump's former personal lawyer and ambassador to Israel, said the next month that he expected Israel to keep the Golan Heights "forever". "Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone", she added.

Tel Aviv has also been pressing the USA administration under Israel-friendly President Trump to recognize its claim to sovereignty over the occupied territory in defiance of global law. However, the law has never been recognised internationally, and the dispute between Syria and Israel over the territory has yet to be resolved.

UN Watch applauded U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for announcing Thursday that the United States will vote "No" on the Assad-backed Golan resolution, instead of abstaining as has been done in the past.

The texts condemn Israel for "repressive measures" against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights, reinforce the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and renew the mandate of the UN's "special committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories". In the past, the United States has simply abstained. He had lost control of most of Syria's territory until regaining much of it thanks to Russian military intervention and Iranian support.

The presence of Iranian military forces in Syria, seen as legitimate by Russian Federation after Damascus "invited" them in, is viewed as a dire military threat by Israel that could embolden the Syrian government and Lebanese militants Hezbollah.

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Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon welcomed the USA move and called it "another testament to the strong cooperation between the two countries".

Neuer noted the vote on the resolutions came just days after Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip launched some 460 rockets toward Israel.

Following Haley's statement, Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan, called it "extremely important".

It was formally brought under Israeli law in 1981 under then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin in a move that has never been recognized by the worldwide community, and was criticized at the time by Washington.

On Friday, Dannon was defiant and told the committee that Israel will not withdraw from the area: "Israel will not withdraw from the Golan Heights, it is time the global community accepts it".

However, Israel has also been pressing U.S. diplomats on other issues. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, breaking with other world powers, though his national security adviser John Bolton told Reuters in August a similar Golan move was not under discussion.

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