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Netanyahu vows Israel's "forever" control of Golan Heights

11 Juin 2017

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 50 anniversary of the Six Day War at the armored corps memorial at Latrun, Netanyahu said Israel seeks "true peace" with its neighbors, but must ensure its own security.

The Palestinian foreign ministry said in a statement: "Netanyahu wants to cut off the momentum of United States and worldwide efforts to resume negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis". Similarly, 55 percent said it would have been "wise" to annex Judea and Samaria following the war.

Syria controls the eastern third of the territory, and Israel has failed to take control there. "Which means that Israel will cease to be a Jewish and democratic state... unless we - the Israelis - will impose an apartheid over the Palestinians".

The state of Israel grew in both land mass and spirit during the Six-Day War in June 1967, but an ethical dilemma has stuck with the country over how to handle the Palestinian question.

According to the Israeli NGO Macro Centre for Political Economics, Israel has invested no less than $20 billion in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967.

Monday marks 50 years of the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel's occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan.

Palestinian Authority officials were not available for comment but the move may also be an attempt by Abbas to force reconciliation between the Fatah movement, which holds sway in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Hamas, which controls Gaza.

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"I, as a Palestinian, citizen of Israel, I really want this occupation to end; I want people to have their freedom, my people, my Palestinian people", said another protester in the above video.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Tuesday to "forever" maintain control of the Golan Heights, which was captured during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, or the Six Day War.

"We would have hoped that he would use this anniversary to address the Palestinian condition and call for peace and resolution in a fair-minded and historically accurate manner", Greenblatt concluded.

Shapiro and Stern believe coming to a consensus on borders and strong, peace-minded leadership from both the Israelis and Palestinians will create the safest and most successful two-state solution.

The US president did not speak publicly about the settlements during a May 22-23 visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank, though he urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "make a deal" for peace that would entail compromise and tough decisions.

When Yitzhak Yifat, as a young man 50 years ago, fought through the narrow streets of Jerusalem's Old City, he felt "an overwhelming sense of excitement" when he reached the Western Wall.