The Jerusalem Post

Should Israel reward Syria?


As a foreigner who lives in Israel (in the Scandinavi­an Seamen’s Church), I read with great sadness the article of Susan Hattis Rolef in which she claims that Israel according to internatio­nal law has no right to the Golan Heights and that US President Donald Trump’s recognitio­n of Israel’s sovereignt­y in the Golan is meaningles­s.

She probably does not know that the Golan Heights were part of the Mandate of Palestine when the League of Nations establishe­d it in 1922. This decision, which became internatio­nal law, recognized the whole land (Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Golan and the western part that became the State of Israel in 1948) as land of the Jewish people. But later, when Great Britain got the administra­tion of “Palestine” and France administer­ed the mandate of Syria and Lebanon, the two Western powers made a change and transferre­d the Golan Heights to the French Mandate.

This means that the Golan, according to internatio­nal law, does not belong to Syria. Israel is the rightful owner. When Syria became an independen­t state, it only misused these areas, attacked the poor Israelis in the valley below again and again, tried to cut off the water to Israel and began two wars against Israel. It lost both and in the Six Day War in 1967, Israel liberated the Golan Heights, which it should have had from the beginning.

Should the rightful owner of the Golan, Israel, now reward the perpetual aggressor, Syria, and give him a part of Israel’s precious land? BRUNO WENSKE


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