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UN General Assembly Committee adopts resolution condemning Israeli control over Golan Heights

Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 and since then the international community has condemned these actions towards Syria

US Representative to the UN Nicky Haley. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images

The fourth committee of the UN General Assembly, which is responsible for special political issues and issues of decolonization, overwhelmingly voted on Friday to adopt a resolution against the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan, as has been the case for many years in a row. Israel took control of the territory of about 1,200 square meters. km, which belonged to Syria, as a result of the 1967 Middle East “Six Day” war.

This year, the United States opposed the UN resolution. Since 2004, the United States has abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution that the Golan Heights are under Israeli military occupation. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Thursday that the country will vote against General Assembly resolution

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The United States will no longer refrain when the UN participates in a futile annual vote on the Golan Heights. The resolution is clearly biased against Israel. If this resolution ever made sense, then it certainly does not make sense today.[/perfectpullquote]
Nikki Haley
US Ambassador to the UN

In addition, the document calls on Israel to refrain from changing the physical character, demographic composition, organizational structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan and, in particular, to refrain from creating settlements

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon welcomed the decision of the United States, noting in a statement that “the change in the American voting scheme is another indication of the close cooperation between the two countries”

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]It is time for the world to distinguish between those who stabilize the region and those who sow terror.[/perfectpullquote]
Danny Danon
Israeli Ambassador to the UN
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