Syria Calls on Security Council For Golan Heights Crisis

An Israeli soldier directs an armoured personnel carrier near the border between Israel and Gaza on its Israeli side

In other words, the move to Jerusalem is a violation of worldwide law. According to the statement, the ministry said that the US President's decision is contrary to worldwide law.

Turkey's foreign minister on Tuesday blasted "some Arab countries" for their silence on U.S. President Donald Trump's move to recognise Israel's sovereignty over occupied Golan Heights, Anadolu Agency reports. Multiple resolutions by the United Nations over the years have established the global community's rejection of Israel's claim to the land.

France and Germany issued statements last week in an attempt to pre-empt Trump's decision.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) is absolutely correct in stressing that there is no possibility of achieving stability and peace in the region as long as Israel continues its occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories.

What is the significance of the Golan Heights?

In addition to signaling USA support for Israel's security, the decision appeared to show Trump's support for Netanyahu, who is up for re-election April 9.

A German government spokesperson was quoted in The Independent newspaper saying, Berlin "rejected unilateral steps" to redraw national boundaries, adding: "If national borders should be changed it must be done through peaceful means between all those involved".

Pakistan on Wednesday joined the worldwide community in condemning and voicing strong opposition to the United States' decision to recognise Israel's sovereignty over Syria's Golan Heights.

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Joining the chorus of condemnation was Russian Federation, with Moscow saying the move will have "negative implications from the point of view of the Middle East settlement process".

It further added that the decision merely normalizes occupation and violence while weakening the value of global law. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Executive Committee, called it an "assault on worldwide law".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to cut short his visit to Washington after a barrage of rockets from Gaza prompted Israeli airstrikes in response on Monday.

Meanwhile, Acting U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen weighed in on the move claiming that Washington had to counter the influence that countries like Iran and Syria had in the territory.

To some observers, that justification would go directly against the traditions of USA foreign policy - indeed, one that would defy the norms of global relations in the post-World War II era.

Reversing US policy, Trump first declared his intention to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in a tweet on Thursday.

Damascus vowed to regain the territory, saying the Golan would remain "Syrian, Arab" and that Mr Trump had shown contempt for global law.

"This was a long time in the making", Mr Trump said of the proclamation.

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