Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US to oppose UN Golan resolution, wins Israeli praise

US to oppose UN Golan resolution, wins Israeli praise

For the first time, the United States plans to vote "no" today instead of abstaining on an annual United Nations resolution slamming "continued Israeli military occupation" of the Golan Heights.

Nikki Haley, the U.S.'s United Nations envoy, made the announcement in which she called "useless" the annual resolution. However, "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", she wrote. While the resolution is non-binding, the annual ritual has served as an global censure of Israel's decision in the early 1980s to bring the Golan under its sovereignty.

The Golan Heights were captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 six day war, and finally annexed by Israel in 1981 during Menachem Begin's period as prime minister.

The resolution titled "The occupied Syrian Golan", adopted on Friday with 151 votes in favor, two against (Israel and the US), and 14 abstentions, condemns Israel for "repressive measures" against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights.

Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, welcomed the American vote against the UN resolution condemning Israel's presence in the Golan Heights. Haley suggested this would be the new normal, and that the USA would not abstain from "useless annual votes" on Israeli matters.

IDF soldiers look on toward people standing next to the Israel-Syria border fence on the Golan Heights, July 17, 2018.

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The only other country other than the US who voted against the resolution was Israel itself. However, the Syrian civil war has led to many applying for citizenship. "Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone", Haley added.

Despite the U.S. opposition, a UN General Assembly committee approved the draft resolution on Friday with 151 votes in favour and 14 abstentions.

In August, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters that the White House was not discussing recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. The non-binding resolution is voted on annually by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee. ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria. "The United States will vote no".

Syria meanwhile hailed the vote and said the U.N. had sent a message that Israel was in "violation of the provisions of the [U.N.] Charter and of global law". "It is time for the world to distinguish between those who stabilize the region and those who sow terror", he said in a statement Thursday ahead of the vote.

"Obviously we understand the Israeli claim that it has annexed the Golan Heights - we understand their position - but there's no change in the United States position for now", he told the Reuters news agency in an interview.

In May, Israel's Intelligence Minister Israel Katz predicted the U.S. would soon recognize Israel's claim over its piece of the Golan as a show of strength for Tehran.

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