Israel, which does not comment on foreign reports, has remained silent on Mashour Zidan’s mysterious assassination. Hezbollah has also refrained from commenting and has not blamed Israel for the car-bombing.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
The Hezbollah operative killed in Syria on Monday was part of the group’s clandestine “Golan File,” which aims to establish and entrench a covert force on the Syrian Golan Heights that is designed to act against Israel when given the order.
Location of explosion near the town of Sasa in southern Syria. – Google Maps/IsraelandStuff
Mashour Zidan, a resident of the Druze village of Khadr on the Syrian Golan Heights, was killed after a bomb planted in his car exploded as he was driving near the town of Sasa in southern Syria. Continue Reading »
Golan Regional Council head, “Hundreds of people have reached out, many of them Jews from Canada and the US who are saying they want to make aliyah and live in ‘Trump City.’”
– The case for the State of Israel’s legal rights to the Golan Heights under International Law
A special cabinet meeting was held in the Golan Heights Sunday to lay the cornerstone of Trump Heights, a new Israeli community named after US President Donald Trump.
The groundwork on Trump Heights began a few days ago, and the sign marking the entrance to the community was unveiled on Saturday. Continue Reading »
UPDATED REPORT: In the early morning hours Israel fired missiles on groups of forces & warehouses connected to Hezbollah & Iran in southern Damascus, as well as the south-western region of Quneitra.
– Three soldiers belonging to the Assad regime and 7 foreign nationals reported dead.
BY TZVI JOFFRE, ANNA AHRONHEIM
Air defense systems were activated against missiles fired from the Golan Heights towards southwest Damascus, a Syrian military source said on Sunday morning, according to Kan news.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that the attacks focused on groups of forces and warehouses connected to Hezbollah and Iran in southern Damascus, according to Kan. Continue Reading »
IDF reports no damage or injuries from the one missile that exploded near Mount Hermon, the second fell short landing in Syria.
BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
Two missiles were fired from Syria toward Israel’s Golan Heights on Saturday night, the IDF confirmed.
The military said it was checking reports that one of the missiles landed near the Mount Hermon ski resort while the other landed inside Syrian territory.
Border Policeman recovers remnants of exploded rocket in open area of Northern Israel, having caused no injuries or damage. – Photo- IsraelandStuff/PP
There were no incoming rocket sirens activated and no interception of the rockets. Continue Reading »
President Trump’s Special Envoy for Middle East negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, published a new official map of Israel, including the Golan Heights, and Jerusalem marked as Israel’s capital on Twitter.
– Including: The case for the State of Israel’s legal rights to the Golan Heights under International Law
By HAGAY HACOHEN
US Envoy for Middle East negotiations Jason Greenblatt released a map of Israel, including the Golan Heights, on social media on Tuesday.
The new map, which includes the Golan Heights as a part of Israel, was added to the US international maps system, according to the tweet.
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– Former Egyptian president said PM Netanyahu was prepared to return all of the Golan Heights in 1998 for peace & the opening of embassies.
– Former US Amb. to Israel, “The Syrians were never prepared to end their relations with Iran & their support for Hezbollah. That was far more important for the Assad regime than recovering the Golan Heights.”
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Syria rejected an Israeli offer to return the Golan Heights in exchange for the normalization of relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak told Egyptian media.
“I contacted the Israelis to try to recover the Golan Heights, but they demanded the opening of an Israeli embassy in Damascus and a Syrian one on their land as a kind of Syrian recognition of the Israeli state,” he told al-Hayat. Continue Reading »
REPORT: Having convened at the UN to present a resolution condemning Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, diplomats from the Arab countries adjourned, without agreeing to take any action.
By Elad Benari
Arab countries met at the United Nations on Monday to discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, AFP reported.
However, diplomats said no decision was taken on tabling a UN resolution condemning the US move.
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From top to bottom: snow capped Mt Herman, the Golan Heights, and har Dov (center) with Shabba farms left (just beneath the snow line) with Kfar Ghjar village (center-left) in the Hula Valley below.
EU states unanimously rejected US President Trump’s recognition of Israel’s rule over the ‘occupied Golan Heights’; captured from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, in 1981 Israel passed a law formally annexing the territory.
The European Union on Wednesday issued a statement declaring its “unanimous position” that the Golan Heights remains “occupied”, rejecting the United States’ proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the territory.
“The position of the European Union as regards the status of the Golan Heights has not changed,” the 28-member bloc said in a statement.
Israel’s flag hoisted in the Golan Height, near the Syrian border – Photo/ IsraelandStuff/PP
“In line with international law and UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 497, the European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.” Continue Reading »
– UPDATE – Trump calls to “fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
The historic and politicly significant announcement is likely to be made while PM Netanyahu will be in Washington next week at a meeting with President Trump at the White House, or during his address at the annual AIPAC conference.
By AP and Ynet Staff
Israeli and American officials say they expect an announcement on US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights as soon as next week, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had not yet been made public. Continue Reading »
In its annual global human rights report dealing with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for the first time ever, the US State Department referred to the ‘disputed territories’ as “Israeli controlled” instead of Israel “occupied.”
For the first time, the US State Department on Wednesday referred to the disputed Golan Heights as “Israeli controlled” instead of Israel “occupied” as well as dropping the phrases “occupied territories” and “under occupation” from the sections of its annual global human rights report dealing with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
In the case of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, the report classifies the mountainous region on the border between Israel and Syria as “Israeli-controlled” instead of “Israeli-occupied,” as it has read in past years. Continue Reading »
IDF believes the secret Hezbollah network called “The Golan File,” is operating without Assad’s knowledge, and intends to carry out future attacks inside Israel as their operatives have been surveilled gathering intel on IDF troop movements, stockpiling weapons and assembling a military infrastructure.
– WATCH long-range IDF surveillance footage
By Itay Blumenthal
The Israeli military has uncovered a covert terror network set up by Lebanese terror group Hezbollah on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, in order to carry out attacks against Israel, the IDF said Wednesday. The network was established without the knowledge of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the army said. Continue Reading »
– Prime Minister Netanyahu, “The Golan has always been part of Israel, from the earliest days of our history, and has certainly been part of the State of Israel since 1967.”
– US Senator Lindsey Graham, “What’s best for America is a safe, secure and prosperous Israel.”
US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Monday that he would propose the Senate to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“I come here as an American. I come here to try to figure out what’s best for America. What’s best for America is a safe, secure and prosperous Israel,” Graham said on a tour to the Golan Heights accompanied by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Continue Reading »
According to the Syrian state news agency SANA on Monday morning, an Israeli tank fired “with a number of shells,” on a hospital and observation post in Quneitra, near the Golan Heights border with Israel.
BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF
An Israeli tank struck Syrian territory in Quneitra, near the Golan Heights border, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Monday, without providing refuter details.
The media outlet cited its own reporter, who said the strikes caused “material damage” and nothing further.
IDF Merkava tank and crew stationed on the Golan Heights. – Photo: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT
The state-run outlet said the tank targeted a hospital and observation post “with a number of shells.” Continue Reading »
Ambassador Haley reported that this year the US will vote “no” on the annual UN resolution that condemns the Israeli “occupation” of the Golan Heights, because “the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone,” while endangering Israel’s security.
By Elad Benari
The US announced on Thursday that it plans to vote “no” on an annual resolution at the UN condemning Israel’s alleged “occupation” of the Golan Heights.
The annual resolution, entitled “The Occupied Syrian Golan”, is scheduled for a vote on Friday, November 16.
In the past, the US had abstained in the vote, but in a statement, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, explained why this year the American delegation would vote against the resolution. Continue Reading »