Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), applauds Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Tom Cotton's introduced resolution calling for the United States to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. HWZOA will always advocate for Israel's safety and security, and so it is without question that we stand with the duly democratically elected government of the State of Israel in declaring that the Golan Heights will always be part of Israel.
To Israel's northeast lies Syria, led by Bashar al-Assad, a man who has repeatedly used chemical warfare against his own people and who allows for the buildup of hundreds of thousands of Iranian proxy forces, ammunition and money to flood the country. In recent months there has been increased tension along the Israel/Syria border, where direct clashes between the Iranian-backed and Israeli forces have occurred. Iran has long called for the complete destruction of the State of Israel.
Due north of Israel lies Lebanon, where the terrorist group Hezbollah daily threatens Israel's destruction. Over the last month, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have revealed the existence of four terror tunnels coming from Lebanon into Israeli territory. These tunnels have been designed to carry paramilitary personnel and weapons into Israel in order to kill Israeli civilians and take control of Israel's northern territory.
It is clear that for the stability of the State of Israel, and for the Middle East region as a whole, the world must recognize Israel's sovereignty in the Golan Heights. "Israel is the only thriving democracy in the Middle East and espouses values that are in line with US beliefs and interests. Israel has responsibly governed the Golan Heights for over 50 years, and international law and US policy must reflect this reality. The other alternatives would further destabilize the region and risk the safety of all of Israel's citizens," said Hadassah National President Ellen Hershkin.