The Golan Belongs to Israel

Golan Heights, Israel
Golan Heights, Israel

Peace talks about the future of Syria are being held in Geneva. Prime Minister Netanyahu took the time to visit the Golan Heights Sunday and declared that:

“Israel will never leave the strategic region.”

“The time has come for the international community to recognize reality,” Netanyahu said at the opening of a special cabinet meeting held for the first time ever on the Golan Heights. “First, that whatever will be on the other side of the border, the border will not change.

“And secondly,” Netanyahu added, “the time has come after 40 years for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty.” VIA JERUSALEM POST

During the 1967 Six Day War Israel took the Golan Heights and 1981 extended Israeli law and went to annexing it completely.

“I decided to hold this meeting on the Golan Heights to send a clear message,” he said. “The Golan Heights will always stay in Israeli hands, Israel will never leave the Golan Heights.”

Netanyahu said that the Golan was an integral part of Israel during antiquity, a fact borne out by the archeological remnants of dozens of synagogues there. And, he added, the Golan – which he said now has some 50,000 residents – is an integral part of Israel during the modern era.

Why is this so important? Because it keeps the terrorists back in Syria as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon, keeping them both at bay. History also shows every time Israel gives land for peace it is the Israeli civilians that suffer.

An example of that is when Israel was pressured into giving up Gaza during President George W. Bush’s administration. When this happened it brought Hamas closer to the Israeli civilian population and gave them the ability to fire rockets into cities as far as even Jerusalem. There should be no negotiations with terrorists.

With Bibi stating that Golan belongs to Israel, he is showing he does not negotiate with terrorists. I would like to see more of this leadership from our Prime Minister rather than letting other countries dictate to us how we live.

Photo credit Kyle Taylor

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David Weissman
David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.