The statement made by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that the occupied Golan Heights will remain ‘forever Israel’s” has trigged a wave of condemnation worldwide.
Yesterday, the German government entirely rejected Netanyahu’s vow to keep the Golan under Israeli sovereignty as it blatantly violates the international laws and US Security Council resolutions.
“It’s a basic principle of international law and the UN charter that no state can claim the right to annex another state’s territory just like that”, Martin Schaefer, spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, said.
Schaefer added that his country is not calling for ‘immediate return of this territory’ due to the dire security situation in Syria.
Israel seized the Golan Heights in 1967 war. In 1981, the Israeli government annexed the territory in a unilateral move which has been condemned by the UN security council.
US Department of State also rejected the claim. “The U.S.’ position has not changed, despite the ongoing turmoil inside Syria”, U.S. State Department’s Spokesperson, John Kirby, told reporters.
“This position was maintained by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Those territories are not part of Israel and the status of those territories should be determined through negotiations. The current situation in Syria does not allow this”, he added.