Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Golan Heights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Golan Heights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Two-thirds of the land was captured and occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Immediately after the war, Israel was willing to give up the Golan in exchange for peace with Syria; however, Syria refused to negotiate.[10] In the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War Israel agreed to return about 5% of the territory to Syrian civilian control. This part was incorporated into a demilitarised zone that runs along the ceasefire line and extends eastward. This strip is under the military control of UN peace keeping forces. Construction of Israeli settlements began in the remainder of the territory held by Israel which was governed under military administration until Israel annexed the area with the 1981 Golan Heights Law, which extended Israeli law, administration, and jurisdiction throughout the territory.[11] This move was condemned by the United Nations Security Council in UN Resolution 497,[12] which called '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.' Israel, however, asserts its right to retain the area, citing the text of UN Resolution 242, adopted after the Six-Day War, which calls for 'safe and recognised boundaries free from threats or acts of force'."

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