(QNN) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his country enjoys friendly relations with every country in the world except for Israel, dubbing Israel as “a state of robbers”, on Friday.
“We are not against Jews but we cannot recognize Israel because of (its) occupation of Palestinian land,” Mahathir said in his statement, aired by local broadcasters, during his three-day visit to Pakistan on Friday.
“You cannot seize others’ lands, and form a state. It’s like a state of robbers”, he added.
His remarks came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said it was time for the U.S. to recognize Israel’s control of the occupied Golan Heights.
“Israel” has long pushed the White House to recognize its claim over the territory it seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.
“Israel” occupies roughly two-thirds of the wider Golan Heights. It moved to formally annex the territory in 1981 — an action unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.