Russia (Crimea), China (Tibet) and Israel (West Bank) flout international law that prohibits annexation of occupied territory.
Donald Trump cares little for international law or the organizations that America itself forged to uphold the international order. Now he's showing his contempt for the community of nations by announcing the US will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, Syrian territory.
Previous US administrations have treated Golan Heights as occupied Syrian territory, in line with UN security council resolutions. Trump declared his break with that policy in a tweet.
He said: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”
Netanyahu, the Israeli PM, quickly tweeted his gratitude.
“At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” the Israeli prime minister wrote. “Thank you President Trump!”
Well, that should certainly help stabilize the region. Is Trump an evil person, one bent on inflicting havoc everywhere within his reach?