(JNS.org) The United Nations Security Council unanimously rejected recent statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Golan Heights will permanently remain under Israeli sovereignty.
“Council members expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan, and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged,” Chinese Ambassador to the U.N. Liu Jieyi, president of the 15-nation Security Council this month, said following a closed-door meeting, Reuters reported.
Jieyi further said that Security Council Resolution 497, which was passed in 1981 when Israel extended civil law over the Golan Heights, means that Israeli administration in the Golan is “null and void and without international legal effect.”
The decision was unanimously adopted by the Security Council, including the United States. Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said the Security Council’s statement “completely ignores the reality in the Middle East.”
“While thousands of people are being massacred in Syria, and millions of citizens have become refugees, the Security Council has chosen to focus on Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East,” said Danon, who added, “It’s unfortunate that interested parties are attempting to use the council for unfair criticism of Israel.”