Vince Dhimos answered a question at the French language sector of Quora. Notes [in brackets] are by Vince and were added after the answer was posted at Quora.
Translation of question and answer:
SHOULD THE INTERN ATIONAL COMMUNITY RECOGNIZE GOLAN AS BELONGING TO ISRAEL?
Truth is elusive and hard to pinpoint. However, there are certain criteria for finding it. For instance, when an entire political region or country adheres to a narrative that shows only one side of an issue in such a way that serves the political or economic interests of the country, while other regions or nations disagree, this suggests that the narrative of that country is not objective.
Further, when a Westerner mentions the "international community," he is generally not referring to the community of all nations. He is usually referring to only those nations that have subjugated themselves to the US Establishment, ie, the group we sometimes call the Deep State, which is responsible for virtually all the wars fought in the world. The citizens of these countries have been indoctrinated to believe that they and their media are independent and free, and that freedom and independence do not exist in countries that are not aligned with the US. Interestingly, however, many Westerners are now questioning the narratives devised and disseminated by the Western Establishment.
The opposite of this Western definition of “international community” is the totality of all nations, including those not aligned with the US Empire. This much broader community, which includes Russia and China and their allies, is roughly represented by the UN, although the UN has been forced to relinquish much of its power to the US, which acts like a tyrant, even writing its own “international laws” in the form of sanctions and embargoes, all of which are in fact illegal under the UN system. The problem that the world faces today is that there is in fact a dual system of laws, one controlled by the US (and supported by its allies and NATO) and the other by the UN. Interestingly, the East, as represented by Russia and China, is bringing balance to this system through its opposition to US tyranny and the US is growing weaker (as evidenced by its retreat from the Middle East) while the East is growing stronger. If we project this trend into the future, we can glimpse a new multipolar world that will eventually upend the old monopolar world. This portends great changes in Israel and its relations with the rest of the Middle East.
As for the Golan Heights, the Western narrative follows the Israeli logic, which insists that Arab nations attacked Israel first and therefore supposedly deserve to lose tracts of their land. However, experts on the subject disagree.
One dissenter from this narrative is Alain Gresh, a Cairo-born Jewish journalist who is considered by Robert Fisk of the UK The Independent to be required reading for high ranking officials and every Arab in the Middle East.
"... On June 5, 1967, Israel destroyed the Egyptian and Syrian aircraft on the ground, which initiated the hostilities. Initially, the Israelis claimed it was the Egyptians who attacked. France Soir even ran a headline declaring that the Egyptians attacked first but we know today that this is false. However, the argument that prevailed is that Israel was threatened with extermination. [This argument has indeed prevailed. In fact, whenever I post about the 6 Days War at Quora, I get hysterical blowback by readers with Israeli-sounding names who insist that the war started when Israel was attacked. This narrative is the only support for the Israeli claims to occupied territories. Note that even today, the Israelis justify their attacks on Syria with the claim that the Iranian soldiers there are about to attack Israel. They’ve been “about to attack” for several years now. Occasionally Israel claims their attack on Syria “just barely prevented” an Iranian attack. Likewise, Israel has been predicting for years that Iran is “about to” develop a nuke and once it is developed, they will try to destroy Israel.] In France, there is real emotion around this issue. There are great demonstrations of support for Israel. We now know from the archives and statements of the Israeli generals that at no time did they believe they were threatened with extermination! This is a war that Israel had been planning for a long time to claim Jerusalem and all of historic Palestine. The Egyptian army was defeated very quickly, and so was the Syrian army. Israel is the great victor of this war, has historic Palestine in its grip, and occupies Golan and Sinai.”
Dominique Vidal, journalist and historian, director, with Bertrand Badie, of the annual publication of The State of the World (The Discovery), in turn writes:
"When asked why I am passionate about the Arab-Israeli conflict, I always quote "my" morning of June 5, 1967: whereas on Europe 1, I happened to hear Julien Besançon report on the destruction of the Egyptian air raid by Israeli raids, I went down the street ... and read France-Soir proclaiming "The Egyptians attack Israel." In fact, "little David" had just launched against the "great Goliath" a preventive war in which he would quadruple his territory, occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, as well as the Sinai and Golan. The lie is so big that, for its second edition, Pierre Lazareff's newspaper retracted it ... "
Thus the Israeli claim to the Syrian Golan Heights is based on the false narrative that Syria and Egypt were the aggressors in the 6 Days War and that Israel was simply defending itself.
If we rectify this false narrative and describe the Six Days War objectively, we instantly see that Israel has no justifiable claim to the lands it seized during that war, including, of course, the Golan Heights, which today the UN (the true International Community) correctly assigns to Syria.
So why does the US insist now that the Golan belongs to Israel? The underlying motivation for this outrageous claim on the part of Donald Trump is that a very large percentage of his voters are “Christian” Zionists, a group of several million Americans who constitute the vast majority of American Evangelicals. These people base their support for Israel on a blatant misinterpretation of a Bible prophecy. They assert that the modern secular state today called Israel is the religious Israel that was resurrected from the dead (from the dry bones) as prophesied in Ezekiel 37. However, that chapter says, in verse 24, that the resurrected Israel was to be “obedient to God’s decrees.” The problem is that a WIN/Gallup poll shows that 65% of Israelis have no religion at all!
Thus we see that the reason for Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights (and to other territories) is false, and that Donald Trump’s support for this claim are purely political propaganda based on shaky religious doctrine and have no justification in reality.