The Israeli military and police are preparing for possible unrest in the Golan Heights, on both sides of the separation line, as the U.S. is moving to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied region.
“We are preparing for the possibility of tension in the northern Golan Heights,” the Israeli military said in a statement on March 23, without providing any additional details.
Israel’s Channel 13 news said that snipers have been deployed in the region and riot control measures, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, have been supplied to forces stationed in the area.
A half of Golan’s residents are Syrians, who remained in the region following the Israeli occupation in 1967. The rest of the region’s population are Israeli citizens who were settled there with support from the Israeli government.
Several U.S. Senators, led by Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, are currently working to pass a new bill in the Senate and the House to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The bill would also promote the U.S. conducting “joint projects” with Israel in the Golan, including “industrial research and development.”
U.S. President Donald Trump supported the measure for the first time two days ago and said: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.”
Trump’s remarks were rejected by both the Syrian government and opposition. The rest of the world also supported Syria’s right in the Golan Heights. Russia, Iran, the Arab League, the European Union and even Turkey condemned Washington’s plans to recognize the strategic region as a apart of Israel territory.
Observers from around the world believe that the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights will destabilize the Middle East and weaken the chance of a lasting peace in the region.
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