BY Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom—
For the first time since over five decades, the Senate is poised to consider a resolution calling on the U.S. government to recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights. The draft resolution was introduced by pro-Israel Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton on Tuesday.
Israel captured parts of the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. The area, which was officially annexed by Israel, includes the strategically important Mount Hermon.
The draft resolution notes that “until 1967, Syria controlled the Golan Heights and used the topographical advantage it provided to attack Israeli troops and civilians.” It also stressed that the area must continue to stay under Israeli control, as it has proved its vital necessity to the Jewish state. “In October 1973, the Golan Heights provided Israel with critical strategic depth to repel a surprise attack by Syrian forces,” it notes, referring to the Yom Kippur War.
It further stresses that the “Golan Heights is critical to Israel’s national security” and that “it is in the United States’ national security interest to ensure Israel’s security.”
Cruz and Cotton will officially table the motion in 2019. The two issued the following statement on Monday: “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. Meanwhile, with the ayatollahs’ help, Bashar 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.” Cruz and Cotton added: “Israel gained possession over the Golan Heights in a defensive war over 50 years ago and has responsibly controlled the area ever since. It’s past time for the United States to recognize reality by affirming Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” Continue Reading…