EUROPEAN UNION – Foreign policy chief of the European Union, Federica Mogherini released a statement on Wednesday. It was made on behalf of all 28 EU States and said that “The EU does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.”
About Golan Heights
Golan Heights is a region of Syria that is around 690 square miles. The Golan Heights had been captured from Syria and occupied by Israel as a result of the Six-Day War. Israel effectively annexed the territory in 1981. Included in the region is the western two-thirds of the geological Golan Heights, and also the area occupied by Israel which is part of Mount Hermon.
Since the Six-Day War in 1967, the western two-thirds of Golan Heights has been under occupation and administered by Israel, while the remaining eastern third has remained under control of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Following Israel annexing Golan Heights, Israel extended its laws there under the Golan Heights Law. The United Nations Security Council condemned these actions in Resolution 497, which states, “the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect”, and also Resolution 242, which says “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”. Israel asserts its rights over the Golan, and cites text in UN Resolution 242, that mentions about “safe and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force”.
The Golan Heights also has some other entries into history, which can be found on the Golan Heights Wikipedia page.