Israeli Experts: Trump Announcement Won’t Change Anything About Golan

Several Israeli experts on international law question the annexation of the Golan Heights to the Tel Aviv regime, as the United States has acknowledged.

On March 25, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the supposed “sovereignty of Israel” over the occupied Golan Heights, another step in his unconditional support for the Tel Aviv regime that generated a wave of rejection worldwide.

In reaction, Aeyal Gross, a professor at Tel Aviv University, told the Israeli daily Haaretz on Sunday that the U.S. president’s statement on the Golan – occupied by Israel after the Six Day War in 1967 – “has no legal implications.

“President Trump, who is known for his disdain for international law, cannot change it with a statement. International law is very clear in the sense that a territory conquered in a war cannot be annexed unilaterally,” he said.

Robbie Sabel, an expert in international law and professor at the Hebrew University of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), said Trump’s statement in no way changes the situation of the Golan from the point of view of international law.

Israel’s regime occupies 1200 kilometres of the 1800s of the Golan Heights – a plateau located in southern Syria – despite a resolution passed in 1981 by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) underlining Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

So far, no country in the world, including the US allies, has supported Washington’s measure on the Golan. The UNSC has also rejected it and recalled that this Syrian area is under Israeli occupation.

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