'Time For the USA To Recognize Israel's Sovereignty Over Golan Heights'

Mar 22, 2019

“This is what Moses had given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, that is, to half the family of the descendants of Manasseh, according to its clans: The territory extending from Mahanaim and including all of Bashan, [the Golan] the entire realm of Og king of Bashan - all the settlements of Jair in Bashan, sixty towns, 31 half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei (the royal cities of Og in Bashan). This was for the descendants of Makir son of Manasseh - for half of the sons of Makir, according to their clans.” Josh. 12:29-31

TRUMP: 'TIME FOR THE USA TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE GOLAN HEIGHTS’: In a tweet on Thur. 22 March 2019, USA Donald Trump wrote, "After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!" USA President Donald Trump told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo later that day that he has been thinking about Israel's sovereignty in the Golan Heights for a long time. “It’s been a very hard decision for every president. No president has done it. This is very much like Jerusalem, moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” said Trump in the interview. “Everybody campaigned on Jerusalem and the embassy going to Jerusalem. They all campaigned on it and they never did it and I understand why. I also campaigned on it and when I got elected, I was inundated with calls from all over the world – mostly the leaders – saying ‘don’t do it, don’t do it’. I did it and it’s been done and it’s fine,” continued Trump.

“This is sovereignty, this is security, this is about regional security,” he pointed out. Asked whether the move had anything to do with PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s re-election bid, Trump replied, “I wouldn’t even know about that. I have no idea. I hear he’s doing okay. But I would imagine the other side – whoever’s against him – is also in favor of what I just did.” Every president said ‘do that’. I’m the one who gets it done.” In a joint press conference with USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following the announcement, PM Netanyahu called Trump's announcement a "Purim miracle." Netanyahu also said that the Golan was a buffer to keep Israel's enemies at bay, in particular Iran. “You could imagine what would have happened if Israel were not in the Golan,” he said. “You would have Iran on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.” (Arutz-7)

POMPEO ON GOD SENDING TRUMP TO SAVE THE JEWS: IT’S ‘POSSIBLE’: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a news interview it is "possible" God sent President Donald Trump to save the Jewish people from Iran. "As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible," Pompeo told the Christian Broadcasting Network from Jerusalem when asked if Trump compares to the modern-day Esther, a figure in the Bible who helped save the Jewish people. "So, we were down in the tunnels where we could see from 3,000 years ago, and 2,000 years ago the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration's done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains." Pompeo, whose remarks came on the same day Trump said the United States should officially recognize the disputed Golan Heights as part of Israel, added he feels God is playing a role in the matter. "I am confident that the Lord is at work here," he said. (Newsmax“’Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’” Jer. 30:3

ISRAEL: TRUMP’S ANNOUNCEMENT ‘BRAVE AND HISTORIC’: Many Israeli leaders praised USA President Donald Trump for calling for the USA to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights this week. "At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights," Netanyahu wrote on his Twitter account. "Thank you, President Trump!" Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "Thirty-eight years after the Knesset enacted the law to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, and after great efforts in the international arena, the time has come for American recognition. President Trump - thank you." Acting Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz added, "I welcome President Trump's announcement of the anticipated recognition by the United States of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, almost 40 years after the Begin government made the historic decision.” American recognition of Israeli sovereignty will strengthen Israel's security and its status in the region, constitute a response to the Iranian aggression from Syria, and send a clear message to Assad, who gives it his patronage," said Minister Katz.

Science Minister Ophir Akunis said that "President Trump proves once again that in his sympathetic attitude towards Israel, he does not make do with just talking, but takes action. His historic announcement put an end to Syria's false claim to the Golan Heights, which has been a Jewish territory from the dawn of history, and gives further proof of the strength of relations between Israel and the United States, which are at the height of all times." Blue and White co-chairman MK Yair Lapid said: “I thank President Trump for his intention to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. President Trump has proven once again that he’s a true friend of Israel. It’s time for the rest of the world to follow the lead of the United States and recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” (Arutz-7)

DANON: WORLD MUST RECOGNIZE GOLAN IS AN INSEPARABLE PART OF ISRAEL: Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, responded to the USA president's statement regarding American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. "We are at the beginning of a historic moment for the State of Israel, and President Trump proves again the strength of the USA-Israel alliance. The time has come for the world to recognize that the Golan is an inseparable part of the State of Israel," Danon said. Likewise, USA special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt praised Trump’s call to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan heights saying: "Another bold, courageous, and historic decision by President Trump who understands Israel and its security needs. Thank you, President Trump, for your tremendous leadership!" (Arutz-7)

USA LAWMAKERS PRAISE TRUMP OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS MOVE: USA Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) on Thur. 21 March 2019 welcomed President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. “We applaud the president for formally recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an acknowledgment that enhances the national security of both Israel and the United States,” the three lawmakers said in a statement. “At a time when Israel's northern border is threatened by Iranian forces and their proxies in Lebanon and Syria, including by Hezbollah's rockets, armed drones, and newly discovered terror tunnels, this recognition will be great news for our ally and its right to self-defense. Several other USA lawmakers praised Trump’s move including; Senator Lindsey Graham‏ (R-SC), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Rep Paul Gosar (R-AZ). (INN) 

WHY ISRAEL’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE GOLAN HEIGHTS REMAINS CRUCIAL: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has repeatedly made it clear that his government would not hold direct peace negotiations with Israel until the Jewish state agrees to the full return of the Golan Heights captured from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. Examining the cost; this would give Damascus control of the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Israel's main source of fresh water. There are dozens of Jewish settlements on the Heights, with tens of thousands of Jewish residents who have cultivated vineyards and orchards and raise livestock. The region is a major supplier of Israel's fresh fruit and vegetables. Rainwater from the Golan feeds into the Jordan River providing a third of Israel's water supply. The nation’s only ski resort is also located on the Golan.  The region, overlooking northern Israel and southern Syria, is strategic to the security of the Jewish state as it enables Israel to monitor Syrian movements.

From 1948-67, when Syria controlled the Golan Heights, it used the area as a military stronghold from which its troops randomly targeted Israeli civilians. Syrian soldiers used to stand on the heights and snipe at Israeli farmers below, forcing children living on kibbutzim to sleep in bomb shelters. In addition, many roads in northern Israel could be crossed only after probing by mine-detection vehicles. In late 1966, a youth was blown to pieces by a mine while playing football near the Lebanon border. In some cases, attacks were carried out by Yasir Arafat's Fatah, which Syria allowed to operate from its territory. In a surprise attack on Yom Kippur 1974, the Syrians overran the Golan Heights before being repulsed by Israel’s military forces.  Only Israel is denied the right of conquest that has been universally recognized throughout human history: when a nation defeats an aggressor nation that started the conflict, the victorious nation is entitled to take some of the territory of the aggressor nation in order to enhance its security. The Jewish state, relinquishing the Golan to a hostile Syria, an Israel hating Iran, coupled with northern border terrorist groups including Hezbollah - along with many other dangers, would be a suicidal move. It could jeopardize its early-warning system against surprise attack. For an in-depth understanding of Israel’s constant historical presence in the Golan Height since biblical times, click on https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-the-golan-heights. (Compiled by JNN editors)

SYRIA CRITICIZES USA’S ‘BIAS’ TO ISRAEL OVER THE GOLAN HEIGHTS DECISION: Syria slammed the abrupt declaration from Donald Trump that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying it was "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus said Trump's comments confirm "the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity," referring to Israel, and added that Trump's statement won't change "the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian." The ministry also said Syria is now more intent on liberating the Golan, "using every possible means." Russia, an ally of Damascus, said the decision risked "destabilizing" the Middle East.  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, said Trump's "unfortunate" declaration has brought the region "to the brink of a new crisis and new tensions. We will never allow the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights," Erdogan added. There had been signals that a USA decision was coming. Days ago, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase "Israeli-occupied" from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it "Israeli-controlled." (UK Telegraph) Pray that Israel’s enemies will be rendered powerless to react with a military reprisal against Israel’s latest assurance from the USA that it recognizes the sovereignty of the Jewish state over crucial parts of the Golan. Pray for the safety of Israel’s northern borders.

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