[Ed. – Since 1975, the U.S. position on the Golan has been that any change in status must be predicated on Syria agreeing to a peace treaty with Israel. Obama, however, is pressuring Israel to give up the Golan at the most dangerous time in the last 40+ years — when the recognized “government” of Syria is not even able to control its own territory, much less honor a security treaty with a foreign government.]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken: The Golan Heights are not for sale.
“The time has come after 40 years for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty,” he said.
Whatever the outcome of the peace talks, he added, “the border will not change.”
Netanyahu made the above remarks before a cabinet meeting near the Syrian border on Sunday. It was a day after he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and told the American official that Syria will never return to its pre-war state, before it became a terrorist haven. Hence, the need to keep Golan Heights under Israeli control. …
Shortly after Netanyahu made his bold statement, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz applauded him, saying in a new statement:
“…Given the presence of hostile terrorist organizations ranging from ISIS to Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border, it is foolhardy and dangerous for elements in the international community to try to pressure Israel to abandon the Golan to the chaos engulfing Syria. The path to peace cannot involve Israel’s abdication of its own security.”