(Worthy News) – Syria said Monday that Israel’s plans to double the number of Israeli citizens living in Israeli-annexed Golan Heights mark a “dangerous and unprecedented” escalation between the countries.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday a multimillion-dollar plan meant to double the number of Israelis living in the region that Israel captured from Syria more than five decades ago, as well as develop some 7,300 additional housing units in the area.
The U.S. recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan in 2019. [ Source: World Israel News (Read More…) ]
Israel shouldn’t expect blowback from Biden on Golan Heights development plan, experts say
As Israel is set to invest 1 billion shekels ($317.3 million) into developments to increase the population in the Golan Heights, American experts believe the move announced by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday is unlikely to elicit much response from the Biden administration.
Former Trump administration official Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the Golan Heights is and will remain part of Israel and that Israelis who live there are not “settlers.”
“That’s the universal view in Israel and there are no partisan divisions, nor can anyone seriously argue for turning the area over to [Syrian dictator] Bashar al-Assad.” [ Source (Read More…) ]