Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Netanyahu to meet with Trump in Washington

Netanyahu to meet with Trump in Washington

In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law, which extended Israel's "laws, jurisdiction and administration" to the area, in effect annexing it.

Today 26,500 Druze live in four Golan towns located near the Syrian border while some 25,000 Israeli colonists have been planted in the Golan.

According to al-Marsad, a human rights organization based in the Golan Heights, Israeli authorities have established 34 settlements in the Golan Heights, housing at least 26,000 settlers, in violation of worldwide humanitarian law. "I don't know what's happened to them, but they are totally anti-Israel". As Trump tweeted, the Golan Heights are "of critical strategic and security importance" to Israel.

She accused the president of intervening in Israel's election.

Still, there is no missing the domestic politics hanging over the decision. Today the city is abandoned and there are more than half a million Golan refugees and their descendants living in Syria. MoveOn argued that AIPAC opposed the Iran nuclear deal and uses "anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric".

The prime minister said he will meet leaders of Congress during the visit.

Their refusal to attend is also significant as it comes as Democrats are launching their campaigns to secure their party's nomination for the presidency.

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The prime minister is locked in tough election campaign with a centrist political alliance headed by former military chief Benny Gantz and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid.

New opinion polls last week showed Netanyahu losing ground to his electoral rivals, and the Washington visit was seen as an opportunity to regain momentum.

A state, including the occupier, can not undo these protections and duties by a unilateral declaration, Human Rights Watch said.

Trump relies on pro-Israel evangelical Christians as part of his electoral base and has moved U.S. policy firmly in Israel's favour. The UN Human Rights Council has passed numerous resolutions affirming this position, most recently on March 22, and the Golan Heights remains "occupied" under global law.

Once it attained power in Israel in 1977, the Likud took the advice of Israel's founding father Theodor Herzl, who commanded the Zionists to reach out and "capture the communities". Last year, the USA voted against a ritual annual United Nations resolution condemning Israel's continued seizure of the Golan Heights. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton explained that allowing the Golan Heights "to be controlled by the likes of the Syrian or Iranian regimes would turn a blind eye to the atrocities of Assad and the destabilizing presence of Iran in the region".

"And as for memory about the U.S. good forces in the region and Washington's nobility, there are hundreds of thousands of graves and places of mass burial in Iraq, Libya, Syria and other regional states", the diplomat noted.

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