Arab States Concerned over Regional Stability after Trump’s Golan Move

Posted March 28, 2019

Bahrain also released an official statement on Tuesday expressing their regret over the announcement made by USA over Golan Heights.

Last week, Pres. Trump shocked the world when he tweeted that the Syrian territory of Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967, is Israeli territory: "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". "The Sultanate of Oman confirms that the Golan Heights is Syrian land occupied by Israel and that the US President's decision does not change this fact".

The statement came a day after United States President Donald Trump signed a proclamation that officially recognises the Golan Heights as part of Israel. Israel captured the territory from Syria in the 1967 war after Arab armies had mobilized forces near their borders with Israel.

In a letter seen by AFP, the Syrian mission to the United Nations asked the council presidency, held by France, to schedule an urgent meeting to discuss the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan and the recent flagrant violation of the relevant Security Council's resolution by a permanent member-state. It had also demanded that Israel rescind its decision. "Worldwide law was killed with Trump's pen as well, when he signed off on violence against the Golan", Sara said.

Israel then went on to annex the Golan in 1981 in a move not recognized internationally.

Five European countries that sit on the UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected Trump's decision to recognise the Golan as Israeli territory and voiced concern the move could have broad consequences.

"It's a big moment, a very important moment", Trump said as he signed a proclamation during an appearance at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Another point is that USA recognition sends a clear and direct message to the Arab world.

Syria immediately rejected the decision, calling it a "blatant attack on its sovereignty and territorial integrity". Syrian state TV aired live interviews from the southern village of Ein el-Tinneh with the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan in the background.

Syria's government lashed out as well, saying "Trump does not have the right or the legal authority to legitimize the occupation", according to the Saudi newspaper.

If the Palestinians continue to reject Israeli offers for peace, "the USA could yet recognize Israeli annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria, or step back from support for Palestinian statehood", said Weinberg. But Gulf states were unlikely to take steps to pressure Trump over the decision. "This will have negative effects on the Middle East peace process and security and stability in the region", the kingdom said.