• Israeli sovereignty over the western two-thirds of the Golan Heights is a key bulwark against radical regimes and affiliates that threaten the security and stability of the United States, Israel, the entire Middle East region, and beyond.
• There are no possible security arrangements that can substitute for the topographical advantages, early warning locations and strategic depth provided by Israel’s retention of the Golan.
• The Golan Heights’ strategically-located high ground provides Israel with an irreplaceable ability to monitor and take counter-measures against growing threats at and near the Syrian-Israel border. These growing threats include the extremely dangerous hegemonic expansion of the Iranian-Syrian-North Korean axis; and the presence in Syria, close to the Israeli border, of: Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Quds forces; thousands of Iranian-armed Hezbollah fighters; Palestinian Islamic Jihad (another Iranian proxy); Syrian forces; and radical Sunni Islamist groups including the al Nusra Levantine Conquest Front (an incarnation of al Qaeda) and ISIS. Indeed, then-candidate Donald Trump confirmed during a major speech in March 2016 that Iran is “in Syria trying to establish another front against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.”
• The Iranian regime is also attempting to build an 800-mile land bridge to the Mediterranean, running through Iraq and Syria. Such a land bridge would enable Iran to obtain naval ports, far from Iran’s mainland, that enhance Iran’s ability to deliver advanced weaponry and support to Hezbollah and Iran’s other proxies that wreak terror throughout the world. This major strategic threat makes it more important than ever to shore up Israel’s position in the Golan.
• Alarming recent incidents confirm the presence of the Iranian front in Syria, and vividly demonstrate the necessity for assuring Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. During the recent past (including just last week), Israel has intercepted drones and rockets launched and controlled from Syria, with the assistance of Iranian Quds forces. In response, Israel’s air force destroyed Iranian/Quds Forces and Syrian aerial and launch facilities in Syria. In February, surface-to-air missiles in Syria shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet.
• America’s moderate Sunni Arab allies could very well be quietly pleased by U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan, in that this would help to stem Iranian aggression and the very same malign actors confronting our Arab allies. Evidencing the real interests of the moderate Sunni states, this past May, after the Iranian Quds Force launched 20 rockets from Syria into the Israeli Golan Heights, and the Israeli Air Force responded by striking dozens of military targets in Syria that belonged to Iran’s Quds Force, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister tweeted that so long as Iran uses its forces and missiles to try and destabilize the region, “it is the right of any country in the region, including Israel, to defend itself by destroying sources of danger.”
• The necessity for recognizing Israel’s retention of the Golan was also dramatically demonstrated during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Israel’s presence on the Golan provided Israel with the strategic depth (of 8 to 16 miles) that enabled Israeli forces to assemble and push back Syria’s initially effective surprise invasion. Without the Golan, Syrian forces could have overrun and annihilated Israel.
• Strengthening Israel’s ability to retain the Golan is essential because Israel faces danger on multiple (5 major) fronts, and cannot afford to be weakened on the Syrian front when facing these multipronged dangers. The 5 fronts are: (i) Syria; (ii) Lebanon, where Hezbollah has over 100,000 advanced rockets pointed at Israel; (iii) Gaza, where Iranian proxies Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad incessantly attack Israel with thousands of rockets (including 200 projectiles this past Friday and Saturday), terror tunnels and arson kites, and attempt to invade Israel to murder Jews; (iv) Palestinian-Arab terrorism, including knifing, shooting and car ramming attacks, emanating largely from Arab villages in the Palestinian Authority; and (v) the Egyptian Sinai border, where ISIS affiliate Ansar Bait al-Maqdis and other terrorist groups attempt to infiltrate and attack Israelis.
• Because Israel is America’s front line in the war to defeat radical Islamist terror, it is surely in America’s self-interest to ensure that Israel maintains and enhances her ability to defend herself.
*Israel is a Jewish State :
“A. The land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established.
1 The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination.
2 The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.”
*Hate speech against Israel on FaceBook :
Mark Zuckerberg has taken an outrageous position allowing Holocaust denial on Facebook. In an interview, Zuckerburg indicated Holocaust denial content would not be removed from Facebook. This directly contradicts Facebook’s policy explicitly prohibiting hate speech. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which is internationally recognized (including in Canada, the US, and EU) clearly states Holocaust denial is antisemitic. What makes Holocaust denial antisemitic? Holocaust denial isn’t about academic debate or a dispute over the facts. It is a tactic used by antisemites to persuade the world that Jews – including Survivors – have fabricated the Holocaust for financial gain and sympathy. It purposely foments hatred of Jews, and that’s what makes it dangerous and bigoted.