The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a statement on Sunday that the Golan Heights will “forever remain a part of Israel.”
In his first cabinet meeting regarding the status of the illegally occupied Golan Heights, Netanyahu boasted that the present Israeli borders will not change and that it was time for the international community to recognize this.
“The time has come for the international community to recognize reality. First, that whatever will be on the other side of the border, the border will not change.”
“And secondly, the time has come after 40 years for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty.”
Netanyahu said he told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday that ‘Israel’ does not oppose current efforts to reach a political agreement to end the Syrian war, but that “Israel’s boundary line with the country will not change.”
Netanyahu claimed: “The Golan was an integral part of the Land of Israel in ancient times. That is documented by dozens of ancient synagogues around us. And the Golan is an integral part of the State of Israel in the present time.”
U.N. Resolution 497 recognized the Golan Heights as Syrian territory; however, the Israeli regime has rebuffed these claims.