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Whatever Israel wants, Israel gets

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20.03.2019

On 4 March, the newly formed Israeli Blue and White party’s leaders, Gabi Ashkenazi, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya’alon, declared that Israel will not pull out from the occupied Golan Heights. Gantz, the party head, said they would increase settlements and double the population. Their reason; they will not hand the area over to Bashar Al-Assad, a brutal dictator who massacre his own people.

The West Bank and Golan Heights are, on paper, occupied territories, but on the ground the status quo has long been change with US approval and EU silence, contrary to UN resolutions.

The Jerusalem Post reported that during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first visit to Washington in 2017, he asked the American administration of Donald Trump to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. The Americans said: “To quiet the lobby campaign. The US Congress will approve the Israeli desire to legalise the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights.” Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, made the Israelis demands more land and territories.

Yet, it seems that many do not really grasp that Jerusalem plays a pivotal part in the conscious of the people. It is not related only to spiritual beliefs, but also affects the way people see the world and governs their priorities, their reactions and feelings. Religious symbols, the sanctuaries in........

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