Daniel Halliday
Mar 23 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Is US recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory undermining a two state solution?
On the 21st March 2019 Donald Trump announced that the United States recognises Israeli authority over the long disputed Golan Heights border region, part of South-Western Syria. This follows Trumps earlier recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017, demonstrating his clear bias towards Israel in his time in office. Does this controversial decision by Trump undermine the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Middle-Eastern peace process as a whole?
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Yes and this will fuel Israeli desire for further annexations
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No, it is a benefit to security in the region
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No, but it amounts to American election interference
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Yes and international law
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Yes and this will fuel Israeli desire for further annexations

Changes of foreign policy such as this will fuel Israeli desire for further annexation of occupied areas such as the West Bank and are probably a stepping stone to support such future actions. Netanyahu and the Likud party both openly push for this, and do not want a two state solution, if Netanyahu stays in power this will be the ultimate goal here. The threat of this has recently led some in Palestine to consider complaining to the International Criminal Court, following comments made by US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, as he openly supported Israel’s “right” to annex West Bank territories. Aggressive annexation policies and the United States’ support for them threaten the two state solution and wider stability in the region.

aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/palestine-considers-icc-complaint-ambassador-friedman-190609090646793.html bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47667720

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No, it is a benefit to security in the region

This move on the part of the United States is good for Israeli security, as Iran is using countries like Syria and Lebanon as a base to attack Israel, sponsoring arms smuggling and manufacture in the region in an effort to challenge and further destabilise Israel. This move by the US will not undermine a two state solution, being only a positive for Israel as it just recognises Israeli’s initial territory claim following the Arab-Israeli War, and is geographically separate from Palestinian territory disputes. Decisions such as this will just strengthen the bond between Israel and the US amidst a strained situation in the Middle East as tensions between Iran and the United States have flared up recently.

nytimes.com/2017/08/29/world/middleeast/iran-missiles-lebanon-israel-.html

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No, but it amounts to American election interference

No this decision in itself was not for the purpose of undermining the two state solution, as Israel was already undermining the two state solution all on its own. The US choice to officially recognise this long disputed territory as Israeli was an obvious distraction from Netanyahu’s corruption case in the run up to elections, and a certain influence on Netenyahu’s slight majority win. This region is already militarily acting as the full authority in the region, and the US recognition of this is totally meaningless in a real world context. This was more an obvious attempt to boost Netanyahu’s government in a time of crisis.

nytimes.com/2019/03/21/us/politics/golan-heights-trump.html

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Yes and international law

Donald Trump’s recognition of the long occupied Golan Height region of Syria as Israeli territory more than undermines the two-state solution, it undermines international law and the United Nations’ long history of diplomacy in the region. The decision back tracks on decades of even US policy, undermines international law against acquiring territory through military occupation, and has garnered heavy criticism from Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the Arab League, for only adding to tensions in the region. According to Syrian state media, Syria is looking to contest this and will recover the area through all available means, seemingly confirming international speculation. bbc.com/news/amp/world-middle-east-47664529

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