Saturday, 20 April 2019

Trouble is coming to Bashan (Golan)

The Golan Heights overlooks Israel to its west, Lebanon to its north, Syria to its east, and Jordan to its south. During the 1967 Six Day War, Syrian forces on the Golan Heights shelled Israeli farms, and Israeli forces captured the territory from them.

The US decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israel's territory was taken bypassing the UN Security Council and ignoring the UN dialogue on the issue, 
said Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s Lower House.
 “All members of the international community should voice their stand on the matter,”
 he said during the meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. Such a development could lead to a situation where
“everyone is fighting each other,”
 he stressed.
 “The rule of force would dominate. This is a highway to war.”

When US President Donald Trump signed a declaration recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, he created tension again over that particular area which was seized by Israel from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967 and formally annexed by the Jewish state in 1981.

 In response to the US decision the UN reminded that the UN Security Council in a December 1981 resolution called Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights
“null and void and without international legal effect"
 and this position hasn’t changed. Russia, Turkey, and the Arab League have also condemned the move.

The recognition that the Golan Heights are Israel’s by president Trump has potential to create more tension in the region.
 Russia is not happy at all about Trump’s pronouncement. The speaker of Russia’s lower house called it a “highway to war”. 

The Biblical name for the Golan Heights is Bashan. Bashan howls in Zechariah 11  - the chapter before the conflict over Jerusalem. Trouble is coming to Bashan (Golan)…
Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.  There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
Zechariah 11:1-3

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