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US calls Golan ‘Israeli-controlled,’ drops all mention of West Bank ‘occupation’

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For decades, the U.S. and the world have bowed to “Palestinian” fictions, including the very idea that there is a “Palestinian” people who are distinct from the Arabs of the region. Likewise the U.S. and the world have accepted the idea that Israel is “occupying” land that belongs to it by international mandate, the right of conquest, and the historical record. President Trump is the first to start to stand up against these lies. He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which it is and always has been, and now this. No wonder the Jew-hating Democrats hate him with such incandescent fervor.

“US calls Golan ‘Israeli-controlled,’ drops all mention of West Bank ‘occupation,’” by Eric Cortellessa, Times of Israel, March 13, 2019:

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the Trump administration referred to the Golan Heights on Wednesday as “Israeli-controlled” and ceased to refer to the West Bank as “occupied” in the State Department’s annual report on human rights around the world.

While last year’s report marked a departure from years of American foreign policy by no longer calling the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights “occupied” in the section title, this year’s report went two small steps further.

“Authorities subjected non-Israeli citizens in Jerusalem and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights to the same laws as Israeli citizens,” this year’s text says. In previous iterations of the same report, the Golan Heights was described in the text as “Israeli-occupied.”

This year’s report also refrains from labeling any of the territories as “occupied.” In last year’s document, the US government took a position in referring to these areas. “Authorities prosecuted Palestinian non-citizens held in Israel under Israeli military law, a practice Israel has applied since the 1967 occupation,” read one passage. The new report, by contrast, uses the term “occupied” just twice — and only when quoting outside organizations, such as the Israeli nonprofit Breaking the Silence and the United Nations.
Reference to the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights in State Department report, March 2019….

The report also includes a lengthy section on Hamas activities in Gaza, including its orchestration last summer of border protests that resulted in violence….

Earlier this week, during a visit to Israel, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican and ally of the president, made a plea alongside Netanyahu for the US to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, saying he planned to “start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel, now and forever.”

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