On 25 March 2019, U.S. president Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing the occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel. The Golan Heights proclamation, which endorses Israel's annexation of the territory captured from Syria in the 1967 war, was issued two weeks before the Israeli general election in a photo-op with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. Undermining internationally agreed-upon norms prohibiting states from recognizing the annexation of territory by force, the proclamation could have detrimental consequences for the international legal order, providing a precedent for other states to take steps to annex territory they claim is necessary for their defense.
U.S. Recognition of Golan Heights Annexation: Testament to Our Times
Victor Kattan is a senior research fellow for the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he heads the Transsystemic Law Cluster. He is also an associate fellow of NUS Law and a member of Temple Garden Chambers in London.
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Victor Kattan; U.S. Recognition of Golan Heights Annexation: Testament to Our Times. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 May 2019; 48 (3): 79–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2019.48.3.79
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