All 28 EU Nations Reject Israeli Annexations of Golan Heights

Trump's shift in position broadly rejected internationally

President Trump’s decree recognizing the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights. Israeli officials have presented this as a major ground-breaking recognition, and seemed to hope it would be embraced by someone else.

So far though not a single nation has endorsed the move. On Wednesday, the European Union announced that all 28 member states have unanimously rejected the US recognition of Israel’s annexation, and will continue to view Golan in line with UN Security Council resolutions.

The Golan Heights are legally part of Syria, occupied by Israel in 1967 and annexed by them in 1981. The United States now stands as the only nation to recognize Israel’s annexation.

The recognition of the annexation has fueled concerns Israel may try to annex more occupied territories in the future, figuring the US will ultimately sign off on them. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested that is the case, arguing that anything taken in the war is “ours now.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.