Saudi King Salman said he “absolutely rejects” any steps that would undermine Syrian sovereignty over the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, after US President Donald Trump recognized the area as Israeli territory.

Speaking at an Arab League event in Tunisia on Sunday, Salman also reiterated his support for a ‘two-state solution’ for Israel and Palestine, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

His remarks came as a strong rebuff to US President Donald Trump, who signed a declaration last week officially recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel. The strategic area was captured from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967, and has since remained under Israeli control.

In 1981, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to declare the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights illegal and demanded that Tel Aviv “rescind” it.

Trump’s move, not surprisingly, was praised by the Israeli government and drew fierce criticism from Syria, which blasted the annexation of its territory as “null and void.”

The issue also caused a rift with some of the US’ NATO allies. French leader Emmanuel Macron said that the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights “violates international law and creates tension in the region.”

On Sunday, the EU’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, stressed that ignoring the UN’s position on the Golan Heights is “not a solution.”

The Saudi king’s affirmation of East Jerusalem as Palestinian is another clear rebuke of Washington’s policy, since Trump recognized the whole of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and moved the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. That also did not go down well with Washington’s allies as some cautioned saying it put the whole perspective of the peace process in jeopardy.

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Washington and Riyadh struck several major arms deals recently. However, their relations became strained over Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was allegedly murdered on the orders of the Saudi royal family.

President Trump condemned the murder and sanctioned several Saudi officials in connection with the case. The White House is now being pressured at home to take more action against the kingdom as Trump did not back down from the multi-billion dollar arms contracts with Riyadh.

The Golan Heights, meanwhile, remains a stage of tensions between Israel and Syria. Tel Aviv has accused ‘Iranian proxies’ operating in Syria of launching missiles over the Golan into its territory. In response, the IDF carried out cross-border raids into Syria. These incursions were condemned by Damascus as a “violation of its sovereignty.”

 

Credit: RT

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@Daeshbags-Sux, Reaffirming that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, the principles of international law and relevant Security Council resolutions,

Do your share the Yank and Israeli incapability to read UNSC resolutions?

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Seems Russia, Turkey or China created precedents…
Tibet, Northern-Cyprus, Thrace/Constantinople, Afrin, Idlib, Abkhazia, South-Ossetia, Crimea, Donbass, Luhansk…
Remember that Golan Heights were part of the Brit mandate, not the French one, so it’s not part of Syria 😉
Maria Zakharova said Russia perfectly got the message…
Since everybody violates international laws, including Syria who illegally attacked Israel many times, are there still anyone to care about it?

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Hear, hear! What about MBS?

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Rebuff, rebuff, it’s just blah blah, unlike for Syria, Salman won’t do a Bandar : he won’t purchase 15,000 TOWs (more than Pakistan’s ATGM stockpile!) for PLO, PIJ, Hezb and Hamas…

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He has no envy MBS replacing him within a week after having delivered the ATGMs and his palace ended replaced by huge radioactive crater, courtesy of IAI, Rafael and Elbit…

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Salman is 83y old, the real ruler is MBS and everybody knows it and MBS is not really in the outdated “No! No! No!” of the Kharthoum Resolution…

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In fact, Salman is taking position against so MBS hasn’t to do this. The monarchies perfectly know that Israel is their only hope, except maybe for UAE,

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once the oil runs dry, to avoid ending again living as Bedouins on camels’ backs in the desert if they don’t end beheaded by Qaedans or hung by mullahs.

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coz they know that as soon there’ll be no more oil, they can say goodbye to petrodollars and they’re f*cking not even able to make…

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the dishcloths they have on their heads or something as simple as aspirin.

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Not “hope”, none of these countries actually need Israel for anything, they have Uncle Sam sitting in giant bases all over their countries with the navy docked all along their coast. So use the proper word : Their best “mate” and willing partner in crime, since they themselves with Bibi’ Lukud-driven coalition of zionist fundamentalist wackos and have finally embraced religious militarism, just like their Wahabi and Salafi brethren, that they have been since been caugh red-handed in training, funding, equipping, arming, informing, and protecting the worst kind of Islamist nut jobs the face of the Earth has ever seen,… Read more »

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Funny since Qaeda was trained in Sudan by Imad Mugniyeh (Hezbollah).
Don’t worry, we have all the creeps on our lists, when Gaddafi told them at the Arab-League : “Look what they’ve done to Saddam”, predicting he’d be the next and they’d all follow, well, guess what? He was right. Omar al-Bashir just fell today BTW…