Haley Announces Flip on Golan Heights Resolution to 'No'

Haley Announces Flip on Golan Heights Resolution to 'No'

The United States opposed on Friday for the first time an annual draft resolution at the United Nations calling on Israel to rescind its authority in the occupied Golan Heights, drawing praise from Israeli officials.

Ever since Israel seized control of the strategic plateau on the 1967 Six Day War, the USA has abstained when the resolution titled "The Occupied Syrian Golan" was brought to a vote.

A United Nations General Assembly committee today will adopt nine resolutions against Israel, and zero on the entire rest of the world.

"Given the resolution's anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border and a worsening humanitarian crisis, this year the United States has made a decision to vote "no" on the resolution", she said.

It also calls upon Israel "to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, and from its repressive measures against the population of the occupied Syrian Golan".

Israel gained control of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations cited as the reasons for the change from abstention to "no" the "resolution's anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis".

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon thanked the United States for the move and said the "UN should deal with Syria's civil war, not meaningless decisions that won't affect Israel's sovereignty in the Golan Heights".

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The week before, member of Israeli parliament Yoav Kisch wrote a letter to United States ambassador to Israel David Friedman in which he stated that a USA recognition of the Golan Heights would be a natural continuation of the current U.S. policy in the region.

During the debate, Syrian envoy Bashar al-Jafari vowed that Damascus would recapture the heights by peace or by war.

"Today's farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the UN's automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone's human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations is to scapegoat Israel", said Neuer. Israel moved settlers into the area and annexed the territory in 1981 in a move not recognised internationally.

The member states also unanimously voted for a resolution titled "Assistance to Palestine refugees".

The Syrian regime's "atrocities prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone", the statement read, adding that the Iranian presence inside Syria presents "major threats to worldwide security" and that "ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria". ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria.

"It is time the world distinguishes those who stabilize the region from those who sow terror", he wrote on Twitter. Another, she said, was the ongoing conflict in Syria. The Golan is part of Israel and will be so forever.

But during a visit to Israel a month earlier, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said there were no discussions on such recognition.

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