Misconceptions over the Golan Heights

The importance of the Golan Heights to Israel cannot be an argument in an international community, and it is a shame that some official western sources are parroting such views.

However, nor is the characterization of Golan as “Arab soil” accurate. Because in 1922 the Golan Heights were part of Palestine intended for a national Jewish homeland for ten years. And France arbitrarily gave it to Syria less than 100 years ago.

Israel’s basic argument according to international law is that Golan was captured in a defensive war. And the UN, whatever it says, should respect the basic principle of international law that forbids the bellicosity of nation states. Israel defended against an aggressive war in 1967 and captured territory. Should it be punished for this? If we justify the attackers, then think about where the borders of Greece and every country that has victoriously survived defensive wars, could reach.

For more than twenty years Israel has been negotiating secretly and sometimes openly with Syria to withdraw from Golan with only a treaty of peace in return. Netanyahu negotiated in 1999 as well as in 2010, and had even reached the point of agreeing to complete withdrawal from Golan, with Assad. Afterward, he protests and the civil war began in Syria, and there was no longer a spokesman for the negotiations.

Today, on one side of Golan, the war is raging, and on the other side, one sees beautiful vineyards and people living peacefully, when there are no bombs, or rockets, launched from the other side.

In Greece, articles tend to shows only the positions of those criticizing Israel. But perhaps criticism, globally, is not as fervent, as some here in Greece believe. Because no Arab state, despite heated statements, is entirely dissatisfied with this development, since Syria is seen by many as a puppet of Iran.