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Donald Trump Has Just Legitimized Israel's Illegal Conquest of Occupied Territory

The U.S. president has just knifed the international legal order in the back, on Israel's behalf. Now there's nothing to stop him backing an Israeli annexation of the West Bank

Victor Kattan
Victor Kattan
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Victor Kattan
Victor Kattan

U.S. President Donald Trump’s formal recognition of the Golan Heights - captured from Syria in the June 1967 War - as part of Israel could be considered even more dangerous than his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

To be sure, the Golan Heights do not have the emotional attachment Jerusalem has. But from a legal perspective, Israeli scholars had at least fashioned plausible legal arguments in support of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem, even though these claims are being challenged by the Palestinians at the International Court of Justice. When it comes to the Golan Heights, however, Israel has never articulated a plausible legal argument to retain it.

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