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Trump as the “Savior of the Jewish People”

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WASHINGTON, DC – March 22, 2019

On Thursday, President Trump endorsed Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Syria considers its territory. Thus, Washington has once again proved that it demands compliance with international law only from others, but not from itself.

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted.

The Trump administration is extremely close to Israel’s prime minister. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Israel, and Netanyahu will visit the White House next week.

On Thursday, during an interview in Jerusalem with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Pompeo  said that it is "possible" that President Trump is meant to save the Jewish people.

"As a Christian I certainly believe that's possible," Pompeo responded when asked whether Trump is a new Esther, who convinced the king of Persia not to slaughter the Jewish people in the Bible. 

Pompeo also said that the Trump administration will continue to exert sanction pressure on Iran to limit its influence in the Middle East.

In turn, the press secretary of the White House, Sarah Sanders, said on Thursday on Twitter that President @realDonaldTrump is the most pro-Israel President our country has ever had.

Does this mean the end of international law? Will this decision lead to increased violence in the Middle East? And will this move help Premier Netanyahu win the Knesset elections in April?

Until 1967, the Golan Heights was part of Syria and from the point of view of international law remains as such to this day. During the Six-Day War, Israeli troops occupied the western part of the Heights (two-thirds of this territory), while Syria retained the eastern regions. By the way, it was on the Syrian part of the Golan Heights that Russian military police discovered and restored a buried T-34 tank this week .

The world community (of course, with the exception of Israel) recognizes precisely Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Prior to Trump’s statement, the official position of the US was that “the Golan Heights is a Syrian territory under Israeli occupation that is the subject of negotiations and the withdrawal of Israeli troops.” Washington appealed to UN Security Council resolution 242, adopted immediately after the Six Day War, which demanded the withdrawal of all Israeli forces from the occupied territories.

But times are changing. Obviously, Trump did not act impulsively. This step was well prepared and verified, and it was prepared by US senator Lindsey Graham, who recently visited the region and made a similar statement.

Republican senator Graham, who after the death of John McCain is considered the main Washington hawk, made his statement on March 12.

And on March 20, Netanyahu held talks with Pompeo and reportedly tried to get the US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. As the American press reported, indirect signs indicated that Washington could satisfy Israel’s request.

Experts believe that Trump had in mind the upcoming April 9 elections in Israel, where the American president is betting on Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu needs the help because he could soon be indicted on corruption charges by Israel’s attorney general, and he’s running against a popular former Army chief.

So here comes Trump to the rescue, giving Netanyahu a major win that could boost his chances of victory. And this was the next step after Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the American embassy there.

Although Pompeo has assured that the US will not interfere in the elections in Israel, in Israel itself, Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to Washington on Monday is viewed as part of the current prime minister’s big election campaign. At the same time, the main election rival, the leader of the White-and-Blue Bloc, Benny Gantz, who has a good chance at becoming the new prime minister, is going to the US. Therefore, it’s obvious — if the US recognizes the Golan Heights as Israeli, then Netanyahu’s campaign can be considered a win.

As for Congress, given the political will, it is no longer difficult to take a decision on the recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli. In late February, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz and Rep. Mike Gallagher introduced the bill.

The position of Israel is clear. The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights does not change anything in practice. Israel has already controlled the territory since 1967, and there is no reason to believe that it will lose this control. It will simply be the formalization of the real state of things. The Americans carefully and thoroughly studied the situation and came to the conclusion that this will not affect their relations with the main part of the regional players.  Of course, this will cause additional outrage among Arab countries, and even then not all. Saudi Arabia, given its special relationship with the US, will be indignant in words, but in fact will do nothing.

If we approach it objectively, then control of these territories is important for Israel, since they were previously used as a base for firing on Israel and as a springboard for aggression, and given the current situation in Syria, the issue of Syrian sovereignty is not of fundamental importance. More importantly, if Israel loses control of the Golan Heights, the territory could be occupied by Hezbollah or other structures that believe that Israel should be destroyed.

“As for those countries that are trying to extend their hegemony to the Muslim world - for example, Iran - it doesn’t matter what they say. They can use any excuse to inflate it to unbelievable proportions,” they say in Tel Aviv. Moreover, many experts in Europe say that the Golan Heights will never return to Syria, no matter how much the Syrian leadership would like. Alexandretta has been controlled by Turkey since 1939 (now it is the Turkish province of Hatay), and the Syrian authorities did not recognize this either. The world has changed. Trump has led or is trying to bring the situation to reality.

At the same time, both in Tel Aviv and in Washington, they are well aware that Trump’s decision will cause not the most enthusiastic reaction (first of all, from Iran and Hezbollah). This is evidenced by the deployment in Israel in early March of an American THAAD missile defense system. Washington and Tel Aviv call this decision a temporary one, but as they say, there is nothing more permanent than a temporary one.

In the meantime, the Syrian Foreign Ministry called Trump’s statement irresponsible. Turkey also warned that Trump’s decision would lead to increased violence in the Middle East.

 In turn, the European Union said that its position has not changed, it does not recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli.

Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry called Trump's statement on the status of the Golan Heights a violation of UN decisions.

However, Western countries, led by the United States, are used to scorning the rules of international law. We will not list all the violations, it would take too much space. For those who want to learn more, see the “express review” of the facts of the disregard for international law by the United States and Great Britain, which Russia presented to the UN Security Council on February 15. The list is, of course, incomplete, but the examples listed are enough to understand who in the world is in fact criminally interfering in the affairs of other states. The list includes incidents over the past half century, from the bombing of the Yemeni city of Kharib by the United Kingdom in 1964 to all known events in Libya and Syria.

The UN site list US crimes from the period after the end of the Second World War up to our days, when the UN Security Council was created and began to operate. Under the Charter, it has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. The only question is whether the Security Council has a desire to actually perform its functions and whether there is enough will to do so. So far, we see just the opposite picture.

International law, as well as law as such, no longer works. Nobody needs evidence. Suffice it to recall Colin Powell with test tubes with chalk as a demonstration of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. All the tubes were fake from the beginning, but that did not stop the US  from destroying a sovereign country. The same can be said about staged shots of a chemical attack, taken in advance and used as a pretext for a military operation. The list of war crimes of the “world gendarmes” is rather extensive, and it won’t stop expanding until the guilty are punished.

Author: USA Really