Any new development on the world scene is perceived and interpreted by each country from its own perspective which does not necessarily conform to the context and reality of the issue in question.
When the Yugoslav Federation was bombed and dismantled, giving birth to a new nation in the heart of Europe next to Albania, namely Kosovo, hopes were raised in Armenia that Kosovo could serve as a precedent for the recognition of Nagorno Karabakh’s independence.
This kind of logic ignores the fact that legality at best is a fig leaf to cover realities created by a powerplay. Major powers to suit their interests, create facts on the ground and later on develop legal parameters to justify a fait accompli.
When Armenians were heartened by the Kosovo precedent, they were told each case is dissimilar, having its own legal premises, even though that justification defied logic.
Today, a new reality has emerged. We live in the Trump world which has become very colorful and shaken daily by new surprises. President Trump has offered a new gift to Israel by a proclamation where the US recognizes Israel sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The Golan Heights is a historic Syrian territory, occupied by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967. It has water resources for agriculture but above all, it has a high strategic value for both parties. During that war, the fiercest battles took place on the Golan Heights where Israel suffered the highest casualties. But the Israeli leaders believe the sacrifices were justified by the value of the conquered territory. Israel had already annexed the Golan Heights to its own territory, disregarding the outcry in the Middle East. President Trump’s proclamation only offers the US’s endorsement of the Israeli action.