President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to discuss the pullout of U.S. troops from Syria and recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
A number of Syrian families who found refuge in Gaza after the civil war erupted in 2011 and are now trapped in Hamas-run enclave, remain ineligible for most social services granted to Palestinians, and cannot travel abroad.
Calling the use of chemical weapons ‘a barbaric tool, repugnant to the conscience of mankind,’ US Ambassador Samantha Power urged the UN Security Council to take ‘strong and swift action’ against the perpetrators.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran’s volunteer Basij militia, toured the abandoned city of Quneitra, located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, no doubt observing Israel’s border at the same time.
Hundreds of Kurds fleeing villages held by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization in northern Syria amid a wave of mass abductions have been shot at, with several killed or wounded, opposition activists and a Kurdish official said Saturday.
While the international community obsesses over Israel, 60 million people – more than half of them from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia – were forced to flee their homes as a result of war and conflict.
The tranquility of country life contrasts sharply with Middle East tensions all around. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently drew renewed attention to the Golan Heights by vowing to forever hold the Golan.
According to recent reports, Netanyahu is upset over indications that a negotiated deal on the Syrian civil war that is being worked on by world powers would declare the Golan Heights as Syrian territory.