The Report: Why has Trump recognised Golan Heights as part of Israel?
US President Donald Trump formally recognised the Israel-occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel.Trump reversed decades of United States policy on the occupied territory. Residents in Golan Heights criticised Trump’s decision. The move has also been widely criticised by the International community and the United Nations. Syria called the US decision a “blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity”. Turkey stated earlier that action would be taken against the US over the move, including at the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that it should be clear that the status of Golan has not changed. In the 1967 Six-Day War Israel occupied much of the Golan Heights from Syria.The Golan Heights was then annexed in 1981 by its occupiers. This move was never recognised by the international community. What does this mean now for the occupied Golan Heights?
Chairman,The Mortons Group
MPs have voted to take control of Brexit and support former Tory minister Sir Oliver Letwin’s amendment. Teresa May told MP’s that she was skeptical about the process and that the votes could lead to an outcome that is un-negotiable with the EU”. MPs will now be able to vote on a number of options tomorrow which is likely to include a softer Brexit but it can also include a possibility of remaining in the EU. Matthew John David Hancock, a Conservative member said “In the previous votes there have been a multitude of potential different options – the sorts of options, like a second referendum, which I think would be a bad idea, that’s been rejected. British opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, made a statement following a government defeat in which MPs voted to play a bigger role in Brexit, giving themselves the power to express their preference for different options. Tomorrow an indicative vote will be held, but it’s still unclear if MP’s will be free to vote. What are the likeliness of a softer Brexit and another referendum?
Dr Ben Jones
Teaching Fellow in European Foreign Policy, Kings College London