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The Daily TIP: In Historic Move, U.S. Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights

Posted by Tip Staff - March 26, 2019

In Historic Move, U.S. Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights
Hamas Escalation: Rocket Destroys Home in Central Israel, IDF Deploys Troops Near Gaza
Democratic Majority Leader Blasts Omar for Anti-Semitic Remarks, Defends US-Israel Alliance
Israeli Moonbound Spacecraft, Beresheet, Transmits Spectacular Images and Video from Space


In Historic Move, U.S. Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights

In a groundbreaking development, the United States announced Monday that it formally recognizes Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. is the first country to sign such a proclamation.

Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump made formal a move he announced last week, saying the decision would cement Israel’s ability to defend itself from regional threats.

"Today, aggressive action by Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hezbollah, continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel — very violent attacks," Trump said.

In his remarks, Netanyahu thanked Trump for the “historic” recognition of the territory, and for his administration’s “incredible support” for Israel. “Your proclamation comes at a time when the Golan is more important than ever for our security, when Iran is trying to establish bases in Syria to strike at Israel. From across the border in Syria, Iran has launched drones into our airspace, missiles into our territory,” continued Netanyahu.

Israel has long argued that it cannot risk a permanent entrenchment of Iranian and Hezbollah forces along the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee. Anything that would allow Hezbollah, and by extension Iran, to threaten Israeli territory increases the chance of war in the Middle East. The shift in policy is therefore critical to the strategic security to Israel, regional stability, and in the national security interest of the U.S.

The proclamation noted the “unique circumstances” presented by the Golan, language aimed at countering the assertion that recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Heights breaches international law.

While the UN charter prohibits unlawful territorial change resulting from a war of aggression, the criticism omits crucial exceptions relevant to the case of the Golan Heights that sets it apart from other disputed territories, including Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Read more at The Tower.



Hamas Escalation: Rocket Destroys Home in Central Israel, IDF Deploys Troops Near Gaza

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a residential building in central Israel early Monday morning. According to the IDF, the launch was carried out from a Hamas installation in the Rafah area in southern Gaza. The attack left seven injured, including two infants, The Times of Israel reported.

“The launch was carried out by Hamas from one of the group’s launchpads. We see Hamas as responsible for everything that happens in Gaza,” said IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis. The rocket was the farthest-reaching projectile from the enclave since the 2014 Gaza war, during which projectiles reached as far north as the city of Haifa.

Manelis did not address claims by Hamas – the terrorist group which exercises complete political and military control over Gaza – that the projectile was launched “by accident.” Israeli officials believe that Hamas ordered the attack to test Israeli responses during the election campaign.

Those injured in the attack were all members of the Wolf family, who lived in two housing units connected by a hallway. The Daily Telegraph reported that the family members are British nationals. “Robert and Susan Wolf, originally from London, were with their children and grandchildren when the rocket struck,” the paper’s Middle East correspondent, Raf Sanchez, said on Twitter.

"If we hadn’t got to the bomb shelter in time I would be burying all my family," Robert Wolf said, standing outside the wreckage of the family home in an exclusive interview with The Israel Project.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday he would cut short his trip to the United States and vowed that Israel “will respond forcefully.”

A military spokeswoman told the Associated Press that two brigades were being deployed to the Gaza border and that Israel had instituted a limited call-up of reserve soldiers.

Read more at The Tower.



Democratic Majority Leader Blasts Omar for Anti-Semitic Remarks, Defends US-Israel Alliance

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has launched a blistering attack against freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her repeated use of anti-Semitic language, JNS reported.

Speaking at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C., Hoyer said: "I stand with Israel, proudly and unapologetically. So when someone accuses American supporters of dual loyalty, I say: accuse me.

"What weakens us is when, instead of engaging in legitimate debate about policies, someone questions the motives of his or her fellow citizens or tries to silence others through exclusion, disenfranchisement, or fear,” he continued.

In her various antisemitic diatribes, Omar has accused American Jews of dual loyalty. Last month, the congresswoman accused AIPAC of paying members of Congress to back Israel. “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” posted Omar in a now-deleted tweet.

"Millions of Americans, regardless of race or faith or partisan label, stand with Israel because they understand why our relationship with Israel is so important,” the congressional leader stressed.

“I am not Jewish, nor do I do represent a large Jewish constituency. But I have visited Israel fifteen times, and I have seen the courage of its people and their enduring spirit to make their country flourish,” Hoyer added.

In response to Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks and similar comments by Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Hoyer announced that he will lead the “largest delegation ever” of freshmen U.S. lawmakers to Israel. “They will see first-hand the threats and challenges faced by Israel and its people as well as their extraordinary courage and achievements,” the congressional leader explained.

In his speech, Hoyer also slammed the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it “a front for delegitimizing the Jewish people’s right to self-determination." He stressed that he’s “been proud to help lead efforts in Congress to push back against the BDS movement. And I will push for a bipartisan resolution that puts Congress on record that BDS must be condemned.”

Read more at The Tower.



Israeli Moonbound Spacecraft, Beresheet, Transmits Spectacular Images and Video from Space

ISRAEL21c is excited to share these new images and videos transmitted to Earth from Beresheet, the privately funded Israeli unmanned spacecraft launched toward the moon from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on February 21. The engineering teams of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, based in IAI’s control center in Yehud, downloaded these photos and footage taken by the small spacecraft at different heights and times along its journey.

If successfully captured by the lunar orbit on April 4, Beresheet will land on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility on approximately April 11.

This video shows the process of sunrise from Beresheet’s point of view. At first, the Earth hides the sun from the spacecraft and then the sun exits from the same shadow. Here is a video selfie taken by Beresheet.

Founder Yonatan Winetraub and principal donor Morris Khan at a panel session during the AIPAC Policy Conference taking place this week in Washington, DC.

(via Israel21c )


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