Canada rejects Israel’s needs to defend itself, does not recognize its control over Golan Heights

Canada rejects Israel’s needs to defend itself, does not recognize its control over Golan Heights

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March 28, 2019

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his visit to the White House witnessed President Trump sign a proclamation that the U.S. officially recognizes the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981. This was no different from the situation of many lands that were conquered in war. Israel must keep control over the Golan Heights for its survival.

As President Trump stated:

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.

The Golan Heights is Syria’s “only land border with Israel” and has “occasionally been struck by missiles and other forms of fire from Syria in recent years, with Israel retaliating against Syrian and Iranian targets.” Ongoing threats from Syria, Iran and its proxy Hizballah also make it urgent that Israel maintain control over the Golan Heights.

Yet despite these facts, Canada issued a statement that it “does not recognize permanent Israeli control over the Golan Heights,” thus siding with the anti-Israel U.N. and abandoning Israel. In so doing, it is tacitly supporting jihadi interests while hiding behind its self-proclaimed adherence to “international law” as its justification for doing so.

In trying to appease supporters of Israel, Global Affairs added that Canada remains “a steadfast friend” of Israel, saying: “We stand with Israel and support Israel’s right to live in peace and security with its neighbours.” These words give the illusion of support, but standing with Israel means supporting it in its ability to defend itself from obliteration.

Government of Canada, “Statement on the Golan Heights,” Global Affairs Canada, March 25, 2019:

“In accordance with international law, Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over the Golan Heights. Canada’s long-standing position remains unchanged.

“Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law. Any declaration of a unilateral border change goes against the foundation of the rules-based international order.

“Canada is a steadfast friend of Israel. We stand with Israel and support Israel’s right to live in peace and security with its neighbours.”

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