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Trump’s Terrible Golan Heights Recognition Decision

Trump just gave Netanyahu a pre-election gift and made a mockery of international law all at once:

There were hints [2] in recent days that U.S. recognition of Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights was coming, and now the president has done it. Israel’s control of this territory dates back to the 1967 war, when Israel grabbed this part of Syria and refused to return it. Israel has no legitimate claim to this territory, and in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over land that it seized during a war the U.S. is sending a potentially very dangerous message to governments all around the world. Perhaps most dangerous of all is the signal that it sends to Israeli hard-liners that want to annex some or all of the West Bank. It tells them that illegal occupation will eventually be rewarded with full U.S. recognition, and it also tells them that the U.S. isn’t going to pay any attention to international law when it comes to making decisions regarding Israeli control over occupied territories.

Trump’s statement is just the latest in a string of bad decisions that are absurdly biased in favor of Israel. No U.S. interests are advanced by doing this, and it discredits any criticisms that the U.S. wants to make of any other government’s illegal occupation and annexation of territory. The double standard that the U.S. applies when it comes to violations of international law by itself and its clients could not be more obvious, and it will make it much more difficult to challenge similarly egregious violations in the future.

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#1 Comment By Practical Matters On March 21, 2019 @ 1:35 pm

This is just the latest in a long line of things that Trump did that no real American ever asked him to do instead of doing his job.

It’s increasingly hard to view Trump as an American president. I don’t know exactly what the hell he is, but he obviously spends more time working for Israel and Saudi Arabia than he does doing what the American people hired him to do. Israel’s Netanyahu and that Saudi Arabian prince who kills journalists seem to get everything they want from Trump, but America gets zilch. No wall, no infrastructure, no America First foreign policy. The stuff he has delivered, we didn’t want it: more immigrants, the biggest national debt in history, more Mideast wars.

Voted Trump in 2016. Never again. And not just “never again”. I hope Mueller or some other competent law enforcement type gets him dead to rights and puts him and his corrupt associates in prison. A shame they can’t put him in the same cell as Hillary Clinton.

#2 Comment By Kouros On March 21, 2019 @ 2:02 pm

So possession and ability to militarily defend what you occupy is enough justification.

Russia/Crimea
China/South China Sea and ultimately Taiwan
USA/East part of Syria
etc.

It also opens the way for some expansion for the US, like parallel 53, especially if Climate Change does end up having more impact in the Midwest and West…

#3 Comment By Jay C On March 21, 2019 @ 2:13 pm

Well, even leaving aside the fact that this Administration seems to consider even the concept of “ international law” to be basically illegitimate, I wouldn’t worry too much about the Golan Heights being used as a precedent.
I’m sure that as soon as some government we don’t like annexes some land it occupied, the US will be properly outraged…

#4 Comment By Party Favors On March 21, 2019 @ 2:59 pm

For almost three years now he’s been doing things like this instead of working for the Americans who voted for him.

That’s why he’ll be gone in 2020.

#5 Comment By Sid Finster On March 21, 2019 @ 3:03 pm

I see this decision as being very instructive. The United States has now dropped any pretense of being an honest broker.

Meanwhile, Practical Matters pretty much practically nails it.

#6 Comment By spite On March 21, 2019 @ 4:07 pm

I keep hearing how he is a puppet of Putin from the mainstream media, however they don’t say anything about the endless work he does for Israel.

#7 Comment By Rossbach On March 21, 2019 @ 4:12 pm

Why does the US have to take a position on this matter at all? It is really not our problem. The Israelis created this situation in 1967. Let them solve it.

#8 Comment By Uncle Billy On March 21, 2019 @ 4:13 pm

It’s curious that Trump must go out of his way to boost Bibi Netanyahu. Perhaps he thinks that AIPAC will really help him next year when he runs for re-election? AIPAC will give him money, but I doubt this move will get him many more Jewish voters.

#9 Comment By Whine Merchant On March 21, 2019 @ 4:55 pm

This is all for a big “hurrah” from the AIPAC Congress when Netanyahu visits next week. Trump does not think in longer time periods than his next public rally.

I genuinely doubt that he comprehends the precedent this gives to other bully nations. Certainly, Bolton won’t inform him.

#10 Comment By David Walters On March 21, 2019 @ 6:01 pm

And, Trump and the other neocons don’t recognize Russia’s capture of Crimea and the Donbass.

#11 Comment By Jason Langford On March 21, 2019 @ 6:02 pm

I doubt most Americans even realize that the Golan Heights was conquered by Israel in a war of aggression.

#12 Comment By John Mann On March 21, 2019 @ 6:15 pm

How strange. Didn’t the G20 leaders re-affirm their support of the “rules-based international order” less than four months ago in Buenos Aires?

#13 Comment By pax On March 22, 2019 @ 8:34 am

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It is also sending a very disturbing message to his own navy. The often cited reason for the Israeli all-out attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 is that the USS Liberty knew (monitored) Israel would invade the Golan. If true then Israel walked over the US to get to the Golan. This man is compounding a mistake Johnson made in 1967 by not defending his own ship of the line.

#14 Comment By Washington Whispers On March 22, 2019 @ 8:43 am

“Didn’t the G20 leaders re-affirm their support of the “rules-based international order” less than four months ago in Buenos Aires?”

Yes. But they didn’t mention that the rules are that the winner is whoever has more money and power, or, as in the case of Israel, whoever is able to buy another country’s politicians and officials.

#15 Comment By Jimbob Cooter On March 23, 2019 @ 8:52 am

Ilhan Omar was right…

#16 Comment By Guy St Hilaire On March 24, 2019 @ 1:29 pm

The Christian zionist ( contradiction in terms) will be wringing their hands that the rapture is at hand.
As if this has anything to do with the return of the Christed one.
They are delusional and egged on by people like Hagge who probably would not recognize Jesus if he met Him face to face .Scheech !

#17 Comment By Antipropo On March 24, 2019 @ 3:17 pm

Look up Dayan’s tractors; Israel was encroaching on the Golan long before the ’67 war which lets not forget was started by an Israeli sneak attack on the Egyptian Air Force. A poster here says “let Israel sort it out” by their lights they already did by annexing the Golan in 1981. Don’t be too hard on Trump ignoring international law though, the US has been doing that since at least ww2.