Conflict Abroad – Israel and India

Grind for June 6th, 2019
“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”

– Jimmy Dean

Taking Action

The Headline

Israel bombs Syrian army targets in response to attack on Golan Heights

The Grind

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) this weekend confirmed a successful attack on Syrian army targets in the Mount Hermon area after rockets were fired at the Golan Heights.

“We hold the Syrian regime accountable and will firmly operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians,” tweeted the IDF.

Three Syrian soldiers were killed during the attack.

The Golan Heights is a contested territory located between Israel and Syria. The region, which spans about 400 square miles, is home to roughly 20,000 Israelis and Syrians.

The Golan is protected by a 44-mile long DMZ, but the two countries are technically still at war.

The Details

Israel seized the Golan from Syria in 1967 and imposed Israeli law there in 1981. The decision was not recognized by the international community.
In 2016, the United States voted in favor of a UNSC statement expressing concern regarding Israel’s attempts to control the region. In March, President Trump recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the area.

Syria has promised to recover the Golan “through all available means” and says it will never agree to a peace deal with Israel unless it receives full control of the region.

Another One

The Headline

Trump Administration removes India from preferential trade program

The Grind

Starting June 5th, India will no longer receive special trade benefits through the “Generalized System of Preferences,” a trade program designed to help developing countries access US markets.

Without the program, India’s exports will be subject to billions in US tariffs.

“I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets,” said President Trump.

The Details

The new tariffs will affect Indian exports including “large residence” washing machines and solar components.

On Saturday, the Indian government issued a statement expressing regret that Washington did not accept its offer of a resolution.

“In any relationship, in particular in the area of economic ties, there are ongoing issues which get resolved mutually from time to time. We view this issue as part of this regular process and will continue to build on our strong ties with the US, both economic and people-to-people,” reads the statement.

Alongside his announcement about India, Trump reiterated his threat to impose new tariffs on Mexico if it fails to reduce the flow of illegal immigration into the United States and said he is considering a ban on foreign auto imports.

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