Turkey said that the USA is ignoring international laws by recognizing the Syrian Golan Heights as territorial property of Israel.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet, that the USA once again ignored international laws, however, this decision will never legitimize Israel’s annexation.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the strategic Golan highlands on the UN border with Syria as Israel’s territory during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
Trump said the occupied territory serves as a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel. The area was mostly populated by Monotheistic Druze Muslims.
However the facts lately showed it just the other way around, after ISIS, White Helmets and other terror groups used the disputed region to hide from the Syrian Army.
The US decision will hinder the peace efforts in the Middle East and further escalate tensions in the region, which is exactly what Israel wants to continue their hostile territorial agenda.
Israel has long lobbied the U.S. to recognize its claim over the Golan Heights, but all past administration refused to heed the calls. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel roughly occupies 66% of the wider Golan Heights as a de facto result of the conflict. It moved to formally annex the territory in 1981 — an action unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.