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Golan Heights an area of beauty, strategic value

Updated : March 27, 2019 12:55 PM IST

President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of US diplomacy and international law and threatens to further inflame regional tensions.

It is unlikely, though, to have much impact on the actual status of the territory, where Israel acts with full military control despite the lack of international recognition for its annexation 38 years ago.

Tourists pose for photographs next to a mock road sign for Damascus, the capital of Syria, and other capitals and cities and a cutout of a soldier, in an old outpost in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Tourists pose for photographs next to a mock road sign for Damascus, the capital of Syria, and other capitals and cities and a cutout of a soldier, in an old outpost in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
In this October 9, 1967, file photo, an Israeli column passes a burning Syrian tank in the Golan Heights as they head toward the fighting on the Israeli-Syrian front. The Golan Heights is a strategic high ground at the southwestern corner of Syria with stunning broad views of both Israel and Syria below. Israel captured the territory in the 1967 Mideast War and annexed it in 1981, a move that was never recognized by any country in the world. (AP Photo/File)
In this October 9, 1967, file photo, an Israeli column passes a burning Syrian tank in the Golan Heights as they head toward the fighting on the Israeli-Syrian front. The Golan Heights is a strategic high ground at the southwestern corner of Syria with stunning broad views of both Israel and Syria below. Israel captured the territory in the 1967 Mideast War and annexed it in 1981, a move that was never recognized by any country in the world. (AP Photo/File)
In this October 1973, file photo, Israeli soldiers look at a long row of burned-out Syrian T-62 tanks hit at the entrance of a village, background, during the Mideast War in the Golan Heights.  (AP Photo/File)
In this October 1973, file photo, Israeli soldiers look at a long row of burned-out Syrian T-62 tanks hit at the entrance of a village, background, during the Mideast War in the Golan Heights.  (AP Photo/File)
Tourists visit an old military outpost overlooking to Syria in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Tourists visit an old military outpost overlooking to Syria in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli Druze men watch as pro-Palestinian protesters approach the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights. The area is a strategic high ground at the southwestern corner of Syria with stunning, broad views of both Israel and Syria below. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
Israeli Druze men watch as pro-Palestinian protesters approach the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights. The area is a strategic high ground at the southwestern corner of Syria with stunning, broad views of both Israel and Syria below. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
A view of the village of Bukata in the Golan Heights, an area Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War. Israel has built dozens of settlements in the Golan over the years, with an estimated 26,000 Jewish settlers living there as of 2019. Roughly the same number of Arabs live in the area, most of them members of the Druze sect. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
A view of the village of Bukata in the Golan Heights, an area Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War. Israel has built dozens of settlements in the Golan over the years, with an estimated 26,000 Jewish settlers living there as of 2019. Roughly the same number of Arabs live in the area, most of them members of the Druze sect. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Israeli soldiers sit in a position on the border with Syria on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights as smoke rises following explosions of mortar shells. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Israeli soldiers sit in a position on the border with Syria on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights as smoke rises following explosions of mortar shells. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Israeli Merkava Mark 4 tank drives close to livestock during an exercise in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Israeli Merkava Mark 4 tank drives close to livestock during an exercise in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Israeli troops take positions, front, as pro-Palestinian protesters approach the border between Israel and Syria near the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
Israeli troops take positions, front, as pro-Palestinian protesters approach the border between Israel and Syria near the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
A UN peacekeeper stands guard on a watch tower at the Quneitra Crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
A UN peacekeeper stands guard on a watch tower at the Quneitra Crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Metal boards in the shape of gunmen sit on an old bunker at an observation point on Mount Bental in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria. The Golan front has been mostly quiet since 1974, a year after Syria and Israel fought a war during which Damascus unsuccessfully tried to retake the plateau. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Metal boards in the shape of gunmen sit on an old bunker at an observation point on Mount Bental in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria. The Golan front has been mostly quiet since 1974, a year after Syria and Israel fought a war during which Damascus unsuccessfully tried to retake the plateau. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham, left, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, right, visit the border between Israel and Syria in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.(Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham, left, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, right, visit the border between Israel and Syria in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.(Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Druze men carry Syrian flags during a rally marking Syria's Independence Day, in the Druze village of Ein Qiniyye, Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Druze men carry Syrian flags during a rally marking Syria's Independence Day, in the Druze village of Ein Qiniyye, Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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