US to reject UN’s call for Israel to return Golan Heights to Syria
The U.S. will be voting against the UN General Assembly’s resolution that calls on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria, Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Thursday.
“However, given the resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis, this year the United States has decided to vote no on the resolution,” Haley told the audience on Thursday.
President Donald Trump has not publicly responded to that request by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has told the media he expects that the Golan Heights would remain in Israeli hands forever.
“The United States will no longer abstain when the United Nations engages in its useless annual vote on the Golan Heights. If this resolution ever made sense, it surely does not today,” she continued.
“The resolution is plainly biased against Israel. Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone,” Haley claimed.
Haley continued to make excuses for her opposition to the resolution, claiming that Iran’s presence in Syria presents a major threat to international security.
“The destructive influence of the Iranian regime inside Syria presents major threats to international security. ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria. And this resolution does nothing to bring any parties closer to a peace agreement. The United States will vote no,” Haley added.
Israel began its occupation of the Golan Heights after they captured this region during the Six-Day War in 1967.