Palestinian presidential spokesman slams US President’s tweets on Golan Heights

RAMALLAH, Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh slammed US President Donald Trump’s tweets calling for legitimizing Israel’s occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights.

“It is the Palestinian and Syrian peoples who determine the legal status of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights,” Abu Rudeineh stated in a press release.

Trump wrote on a tweet on Thursday that “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!”

Abu Rudeineh affirmed that any US decisions on recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights constitute a violation of the United Nations’ resolutions, have no value whatsoever and would remain mere ink on paper.

“This Israeli escalation along with the United States’ blind prejudice in favor of Israel will further exacerbate regional escalation and tension,” he stressed.

“Peace, security and stability would not be achieved in the region and the world unless the United Nations’ resolutions and Arab Peace Initiative calling on Israel to withdraw from all the Arab occupied territories in return for peace with Arab and Islamic countries are implemented,” he concluded.

Israel occupied Syria’s Golan Heights, the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in 1967, with Israel eventually withdrawing from the Sinai Peninsula.

Israel formally annexed the occupied Golan Heights in 1981, while the United Nations has time and again confirmed the illegality of this occupation.

Source: Emirates News Agency