UNSC Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Netanyahu’s Recent Golan Remarks
Louis Charbonneau, Reuters, Apr 26 2016
The UNSC unanimously voiced alarm on Tuesday over Netanyahu’s statements about the Golan Heights on Syria’s border with Israel, eliciting a sharp response from UN Ambassador Danon. Earlier this month, Netanyahu said Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and Pindostan that the strategic plateau should be excluded from any deal on Syria’s future. China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi, president of the 15-nation Security Council this month, told reporters after a closed-door meeting:
Council members expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan, and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged. UNSCR 497 of 1981 makes clear that Israel’s decision at that time to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the Golan was null and void and without international legal effect.
Danon issued a statement rejecting it. With his usual insolent inconsequentiality, he said:
Holding a meeting on this topic completely ignores the reality in the Middle East. While thousands of people are being massacred in Syria, and millions of citizens have become refugees, the Security Council has chosen to focus on Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East. It’s unfortunate that interested parties are attempting to use the council for unfair criticism of Israel.