Moscow: – The chances of the tensions between Russia and Israel diffusing are slim. After deploying the S-300 system in Syria, Russia has now refused to accept Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The reaction by Russia comes in response to the Israeli Prime Minister’s appeal made two days ago.
After months of conflict, efforts to establish peace on the Golan Heights border between Israel and Syria have been initiated. After the withdrawal of the UN peace keeping force, Russia took over the security posts near the Quneitra border at the Golan Heights region. The Russian military has started patrolling the region and also the Israeli military who has increased its deployment too.
The IS terrorists are claimed to be hiding in the Golan Heights in southern Syria. At the same time, Israel had alleged that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah terrorists have established their bases in the region. In view of these events, the seriousness of the military movements on the Syria-Israel border had increased.
While the tensions prevail in the border areas, the Israeli Prime Minister visited the Golan Heights two days ago. After inspecting the security arrangements, he made an appeal to the international community to accept Israel’s sovereign right over the Golan Heights. At the same time, he also warned that if the Israeli military withdrew from the region, the Iranian military would take control of the region within a few hours.
The United States has accepted the Israeli sovereign right over the Golan Heights. Nevertheless, the Russian Foreign Minister’s reaction in reply to the Israeli Prime Minister’s appeal was that, ‘Only the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) can take a legal decision about the Golan. Thus, giving any reaction on the issue would amount to overriding the rights of the UN Security Council as also be in violation of the United Nations regulations’. The Russian Foreign Minister thus, rejected the Israeli Prime Minister’s appeal.
In 1967, the countries of Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq had declared a war against Israel. The Israeli military won the war in just six days and took over the Golan Heights. The region remains under Israeli control ever since.