Danger from the east
As Israel marks the fiftieth anniversary of its military victory in the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967, President Reuven Rivlin has called for global recognition of Israeli rule there, speaking about the territory’s importance to the survival of the Jewish State.
“The nations of the world must formally recognize that the Golan is an integral part of the State of Israel, and is essential to our existence as a people. The Golan Heights are strategic to Israel’s ability to safeguard its border,” President Rivlin stated in late June.
Speaking in a youth conference near the town of Katzrin on the Golan, PM Netanyahu said, “The Golan Heights will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty.
We will never leave the Golan Heights. It is ours. If we are not here, radical Islam will be, and we all understand the consequences.”
Since 1981, Israeli law has been applied to the Golan but Israel never officially annexed the area. (Photo: Remains of the Nimrod Fortress in Galilee. The Times of Israel, and other online resources)