BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 A.M.) – U.S. Congressman (Rep.) Ron Desantis stated on Wednesday that the Trump administration should recognize Israel’s annexation of the occupied Golan Heights.
According to DeSantis, this move would promote U.S. and Israeli security interests in the region by building a buffer-zone from the Iranian and Russian troops in Syria.
He pledged to build up a public case for Washington’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights, something that DeSantis said should be endorsed by President Trump.
“The [US] President is somebody who, if he thinks it is the right thing to do, is going to do it. So I think it is probably better to try to get executive recognition [by Trump] than to try to work legislation through Congress. We can do a ‘Sense of Congress’ [resolution], but it is not binding on the president,” DeSantis pointed out.
In response to DeSantis’ comments, Congressman Stephen Lynch, the House national security subcommittee’s senior Democratic member, warned of the consequences of the U.S. recognizing Israel’s sovereignty in the disputed territory.
“The idea that military conquest transfers rights to ownership – that whoever wins [the] last war has the legitimate right to territory – especially in the Middle East, is a dangerous proposition. I don’t think following that policy leads to a peaceful region or a safe and secure Israel either,” he stated.
Israeli began their 51 year long occupation of the Golan Heights during the Six Day War in 1967.
Since then, there has been one major war fought over this occupied territory in 1973 and several failed diplomatic attempts to get Israel to leave the disputed lands.