France Responds to Trump: Israeli Sovereignty Over Golans Against Int'l Law

Turkey slams Trump's Golan Heights tweet

France Responds to Trump: Israeli Sovereignty Over Golans Against Int'l Law

It said his comments on Twitter confirm 'the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity, ' referring to Israel, and added that the statement won't change 'the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian'.

It was later declared "null and void and without global legal effect" by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 497.

During his Middle East trip, Pompeo had refused to answer questions on the Golan issue - saying United States policy hadn't changed and it was up to Trump. "Turkey supports Syria's territorial integrity", he added. In a speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday, Erdogan said: "We can not allow the legitimisation of the occupation of the Golan Heights".

The head of the Arab League, which suspended Syria's membership in 2011 over his handling of the civil war, rejected Trump's move and said the League fully supports Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights. In a tweet, he said the plateau was of "critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and regional stability!".

Quoting unnamed White House officials, the news agency said Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton was a key force behind the move following his visit to Israel in January, seeing it as a signal the U.S. remained committed to Israel in the wake of Trump's announcement of a USA troop pullout from Syria.

Analysts have argued that President Donald Trump's Thursday comments about Israel's Golan Heights could set a unsafe precedent with regard to Russia's stance on Crimea, even if Trump's comments are not legally binding.

Syria has consistently sought to regain sovereignty over the region.

But senior Trump administration officials tell McClatchy that some aides to the president, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, now favor the move.

"President Trump has just made history", Netanyahu said after calling the USA leader.

"[Mr] Trump made the decision to recognise that that hard-fought real estate, that important place, is proper to be a sovereign part of the state of Israel", Mr Pompeo said.

While 151 countries voted in support of the resolution, only Israel and the USA voted against it. Identical bills in the Senate and House introduced by Cruz and Gallagher would also include the Golan Heights as part of Israel in any spending and trade bills while greenlighting joint scientific, industrial and agricultural projects in the occupied territory. And now he's handed Israel's embattled leader a win days before a re-election.

Israel is increasingly concerned about the approach of Iran-linked forces as President Al Assad reasserts control over formerly rebel-held areas in southern Syria, and its military has already carried strikes on Iranian targets near Damascus and other areas in the country.

Mr. Trump, whose decision previous year to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv angered Palestinians, faced some criticism for his latest move. That unilateral annexation was not recognised internationally and Syria demands the return of the territory.

The Western Wall is located underneath the Old City's Muslim Quarter in eastern Jerusalem, also captured by the Israelis in the Six-Day War. Last week, the State Department dropped a reference to the Golan being under Israeli occupation.

WATCH: Netanyahu discusses Israeli sovereignty in Golan Heights with U.S.

There had been signals that a US decision was coming.

The senator vowed to push Trump on the issue after a photo op with Netanyahu in the Golan Heights earlier this month.

When Trump did so, he said it did not determine the city's eventual borders, but Palestinians viewed the US action as tipping the scales toward Israeli control and cut ties with the U.S. "The message that President Trump has given the world is that America stands by Israel". "While they are claiming to be trying to solve the conflict, such acts only make it more hard to resolve", he said.

"In each of those missions, the task that I have is informed by my understanding of my faith, my belief in Jesus Christ as the savior", Pompeo said.

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