Apartheid State of Israel Expands Colonization of Golan Heights
News/Comment; Posted on: 2003-12-31 19:56:08

Israel announced plans today to double the number of Jewish settlers living in the Golan Heights, an area of Syria captured by Israel in 1967, reports The Guardian: “In a move which could derail talks with Damascus, the Israeli agriculture minister, Yisrael Katz, told the daily Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that the government wanted to consolidate its hold over the region before opening any peace negotiations with Syria. About 17,000 Jewish settlers now live in the Golan Heights, which has high strategic value to Israel because it overlooks the Sea of Galilee and has important water reserves.”

Many Arabs believe the territorial appetite of the apartheid state of Israel does not end with the colonization of the Golan Heights.

From the Web site Palestine Remembered: “It is worth emphasizing that the ‘Jewish state’ was founded based on an ancient Biblical map, and to this date the ‘Jewish state’ still refuses to declare its borders in favor of future expansion. There is nothing like this Biblical map that sends shivers among Arabs and Muslims, since its borders spans the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem), occupied Gaza Strip, southern Lebanon, western parts of Jordan, and southern Syria including the occupied Golan Heights. Such deep fear was the prime motive behind the Palestinian and Arab rejection of the U.N.'s proposed partition plan in 1947.”

Israeli agriculture minister, Yisrael Katz, told Israel Radio: "It is good for everyone to know that Israel has no intention to loosen its hold on the Golan, but exactly the opposite."

The settlement plan would involve the construction of around 900 homes and other investments worth more than 300m shekels (39m) over the next three years.

The 1967 Arab-Israeli war resulted in the capture of the West Bank by the Jewish state from Jordan and the Gaza strip from Egypt. In the 1973 war, Israel gained control of the Sinai and the banks of the Canal and the Golan heights from Syria. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt following a peace agreement. In 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon and still controls the southern area.

Guardian story on Golan Heights settlements

Eretz (greater) Israel explained




Source: Henry Reese • Printed from National Vanguard
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