Jerusalem returns fire at UN over Golan Heights

In response to Security Council rejection of Golan staying Israeli, Foreign Ministry retorts: 'they're disconnected from Syrian reality.'

Nitsan Keidar ,

Cabinet meeting on Golan Heights
Cabinet meeting on Golan Heights
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Jerusalem on Wednesday morning responded to the UN Security Council statement from the day before, according to which the Council rejects that the Golan Heights will remain Israeli.

The Security Council statement came as a rejection of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's declaration that the Golan will always stay in Israeli hands, made earlier this month at an historic Cabinet meeting in the region that was liberated in the 1967 Six Day War.

In response to the Council's backlash, the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Wednesday morning condemned its statement as being disconnected from the reality on the ground.

"The statement of the Security Council ignores the reality in Syria," said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

"Who is Israel supposed to hold negotiations with on the future of the Golan, Da'esh (Islamic State)? Al Qaeda? Hezbollah? The Iranian and Syrian forces who slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people?"

The Foreign Ministry added that "in light of the war raging in Syria and the stability and the security that Israel has established in the Golan for the last 50 or so years, the suggestion that Israel go down from the Golan is not reasonable."

In its statement, the Security Council notably stopped short of any drastic statements such as a call for Israel to withdraw from the 1,200 square kilometer (460 square mile) region, despite pressure from Arab states to do so.

Earlier Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon also slammed the Security Council statement, saying, "the Council must not allow politically interested groups to use it as a battering ram against the State of Israel."