The Trump administration has released a controversial new US government map of Israel that shows the Golan Heights in Syria as being part of Israel, much to the outrage of many online.
Special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, shared the updated map on Twitter on Tuesday. Israel occupied the Syrian region in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in 1981 in a move that was not recognized by the international community or the UN Security Council.
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) April 16, 2019
.@APDiploWriter: Following the Golan announcement @POTUS instructed all agencies to take action to implement his decision. It’s a large process to update everything. The USG is working on this but it takes time. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” https://t.co/H0UznOYQg9
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) April 17, 2019
President Donald Trump announced he was recognizing the Golan Heights as being part of Israel late last month, in the run up to Israel’s election in April.
Greenblatt tweeted that Trump had “instructed all agencies to take action to implement his decision. It’s a large process to update everything.”
The Golan is Syrian and will remain Syrian and can swallow your map and we have long days
— Rafeq mrad (@hedmunlg) April 17, 2019
You celebrate breaking international law yet many criticize you for showing the West Bank as a separate entity. Conclusion: you can’t please the hard liners and loosing your moral compass trying will certainly cloud your legacy.
— KR (@masoudkr) April 17, 2019
This coming from people who pretend to have the ultimate peace deal… nothing else but continuous unilateral blatant support for Israel at the expense of any prospect of peace . But the world is full of other world maps that show a different story https://t.co/6nEZYMMRdo
— Hoda Abdel-Hamid (@HodaAH) April 17, 2019
The controversial move was met with criticism from the international community, which does not recognize Israel’s claim to the region, while Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu and others hailed the decision.
The updated map still refers to the West Bank as being “Israeli occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement; permanent status to be determined through future negotiations,” despite Netanyahu’s recent promise to impose Israeli sovereignty across West Bank settlements.
About 40,000 people live in the Golan, half are Druze and Alawites, and half are Jewish settlers.
The Golan is Syrian land and it will remain as our Palestinian territories and your maps do not mean anything
— assaf.khuloud (@assaf_khuloud) April 16, 2019