Saturday, March 9, 2019

Israeli defense officials oppose US bill on Golan Heights

from JNS

Israeli defense officials stationed in the United States have conveyed messages to American senators expressing their reservations over proposed legislation to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The bill was introduced last week by U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and is also supported by senior Democrats.

Despite the bipartisan support, Israel Hayom has learned that representatives of Israel’s defense establishment have told senior senators that passing the bill into law, at least at the present time, was not ideal.

According to the Israeli position, as presented in internal Senate discussions on the matter, Israel’s presence on the Golan Heights was regardless an undeniable fact on the ground, and that pursuing legislation would only spark debate on the matter.

The Israeli position vexed the American lawmakers, who believed such a law would be in Israel’s interest...

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