Monday, April 18, 2016

U.S. Rejects Israel's Claim To The Golan Heights, Netanyahu Counters

This is very very big news and its barely registering a blip with the MSM. I rarely enlarge print to make a point, but this time it's in red and enlarged. This is so very significant. 

Not to mention God's warnings about dividing Israel's land, and not to mention Genesis 12:3, here we may be seeing the genesis of the Gog-Magog invasion. After all, the invasion will come from the north and will be thwarted by God Himself on the "mountains of Israel". And of course, coincidentally as a result of the Syrian wars, we have both Russian and Iranian troops and bases located just to the north of Israel and transportation lines and equipment already prepared. 

The prophetic developments happening at this moment are stunning. Don't forget the earthquakes and volcanos are as active right now as they have been in quite a while. The pending economic collapse is receiving more and more coverage. The power and centralization of government in both Europe and the U.S. are growing ominously and a "cashless society" seems guaranteed at this point - another step towards the MOTB. 

Things are moving very rapidly right now. At a minimum, we are clearly in the midst of a birth pain. How long this one will last is anybody's guess, but with each birth pain we inch closer and closer to the Tribulation.

US rejects Netanyahu's pledge to hold onto Golan forever

The United States on Monday objected to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that the Golan Heights will forever remain under Israeli control, reiterating that it does not recognize the Jewish state’s claims to the strategic plateau.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the Obama administration does not consider the Golan Heights to be part of Israel.

“The US position on the issue is unchanged,” Kirby said at a daily media briefing at the State Department in Washington. “This position was maintained by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Those territories are not part of Israel and the status of those territories should be determined through negotiations.”

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war and effectively annexed it in 1981. The move was unanimously rejected the same year by the UN Security Council.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Monday backed Netanyahu, saying it would be “foolhardy and dangerous” for the world to press Israel to relinquish the territory amid the ongoing Syrian civil war.

“The government of Israel reiterated the reality that the Golan Heights are part of Israel’s sovereign territory. Given the presence of hostile terrorist organizations ranging from ISIS to Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border, it is foolhardy and dangerous for elements in the international community to try to pressure Israel to abandon the Golan to the chaos engulfing Syria. The path to peace cannot involve Israel’s abdication of its own security,” Cruz said in a statement.

Earlier Monday, Germany said a unilateral decision by Israel to keep the Golan Heights would breach international law while the Arab League denounced Netanyahu’s comments as an “escalation.”

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said “it’s a basic principle of international law and the UN charter that no state can claim the right to annex another state’s territory just like that.”

Schaefer said Germany isn’t currently demanding the immediate return of the territory due to the security situation in Syria.

On Sunday, Netanyahu held the first-ever cabinet meeting on the Golan, declaring that the area will always be part of Israel.

“Israel will never withdraw from the Golan Heights,” he declared, pointing to the historical Jewish connection to the ridge.

The comments came amid reports that Netanyahu had called US Secretary of State John Kerry to complain about text declaring the Golan as part of Syria to be included as part of a peace deal being drafted to end the Syrian civil war.

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, the secretary general of the pan-Arab bloc headquartered in Cairo, said Monday Netanyahu’s statement “was a new escalation that represents a brazen violation of international law.”

The international community never accepted Israel’s annexation, and Israeli leaders see in the turmoil in Syria a chance to convince the world to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. In November, Netanyahu reportedly asked US President Barack Obama to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the area, given the civil war. Obama refused to even reply, according to Israeli media accounts.

Deputy Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad warned that his war-torn state would retake the plateau by any means necessary.
Mekdad declared that the “Arab Syrian Golan Heights” is still occupied territory according to international law and would eventually be taken back from the Israelis.

Analysis: Bibi says Golan is Israel’s forever, what about the West Bank?

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