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Conquest is always an option

By Gwynne Dyer       

The only reason Donald Trump has now 'recognized' the Golan Heights as Israeli territory is to give a little electoral boost to his good buddy, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing corruption charges and a looming vote.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing corruption charges, which could cost him the upcoming vote in April. The Hill Times file photograph

When U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday, affirming Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, there was an outcry that went far beyond the Arab world. His action went against the international rule on the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,” we were told—conquest, in less lawyerly language. Alas, that is just an ideal, not a hard-and-fast international law.

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