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Rivlin: Golan Is Part of Israel

Reuven Rivlin with IDF in Golan Heights, 2017 (Photo: Mark Neyman/GPO)

While Israel's capture and reunification of Jerusalem's Old City was perhaps her biggest victory of the Six-Day War, the IDF also wrested the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 conflict. However, the world does not recognize the area as part of Israel. The Times of Israel reports that, marking fifty years of Israeli rule in the Golan, President Reuven Rivlin has called on the international community to recognize it as part of Israel:

As Israel marked the fiftieth anniversary of its military victory in the Golan Heights during the Six Day War, President Reuven Rivlin called Thursday for global recognition of Israeli rule there, saying the northern territory is “essential” to the survival of the Jewish State.

“The nations of the world must formally recognize that the Golan is an integral part of the state of Israel, and is essential to our existence as a people,” Rivlin told an event celebrating the Jewish communities in the area.

“The Golan Heights are strategic to the State of Israel’s ability to exist as a people able to safeguard its borders,” he said.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war. The West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula were also captured by Israel during the conflict, which broke out after Egypt, Syria and Jordan mobilized to attack the Jewish state.

Israel never formally annexed the Golan, but in 1981 decided to apply Israeli law there, making it part of the country in every practical sense.

Rivlin said that in light of regional developments such as the ongoing civil war in Syria, “it seems to me there are none who would disagree that the Golan is a strategic part of the State of Israel… The internal Israeli debate about the Golan, if there was one, has ended.”

The president vowed to “never leave the residents of the Galilee exposed to the intentions and weapons of a regime that massacres its own citizens...”

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