Trump's Golan Heights order 'contravenes worldwide law'

Trump signs proclamation recognising Golan Heights as Israeli territory

There has been a major effort to shrink the role of force and expand the rule of law in global affairs since the Second World War. "Trump's decision is worthless".

"The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an occupied territory, would be contrary to global law". He has repeatedly sought to focus attention on his foreign policy record and strong ties with Trump. "But the recognition makes peace tougher because it widens the gulf between countries in the Middle East", he added.

He expressed regret for the move, saying that it constituted "one more step done by Washington in clear violation of global law".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing the Israeli sovereignty over Syria's Golan Heights which Israel occupied in 1967 and annexed it soon after.

Nasrallah said Trump had been emboldened by Arab "silence" after US recognition a year ago of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and warned that the West Bank, also captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, could be next.

France and Germany issued statements last week in an attempt to pre-empt Trump's decision. As expected, Syria declared that it will recover the Golan Heights with "all available means".

During a White House visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump signed a proclamation officially granting United States recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

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Palestinians quickly blasted Pres. Trump's decision, saying it undermined the chance for peace in the region.

Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian said the decision "is against all global and United Nations laws". Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Executive Committee, called it an "assault on worldwide law".

The Arab parliament also rejected Mr Trump's decision.

The US move, which is widely regarded as beneficial not only for Israel, but personally for Netanyahu, who is running in the April 9 parliamentary elections, has already been condemned by Russia, Syria, Iran, Turkey and other countries.

Netanyahu noted a series of steps Trump has taken since assuming office, including his withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Lawmakers from both parties have also criticized the USA support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has led to a massive humanitarian crisis and thousands of deaths.

Sudan's Foreign Ministry stressed that the country strongly denounced a United States resolution to identify Golan Heights as part of Israel. He said it could embolden other "occupying states to double down on their own land grabs, settlements and plunder of resources".

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