Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

How Trump's Golan Heights move may benefit Netanyahu

How Trump's Golan Heights move may benefit Netanyahu

Mr. Netanyahu had been expected to raise the issue again with Mr. Trump during his visit to Washington, an Israeli official said. "Thank you President Trump!"

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that it is time for the US to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in 1967.

Pompeo said he did not know why neither Trump nor Pence visited the site with Netanyahu, and declined to say whether it indicated a change in how the United States sees the status of the Western Wall. Having stopped in Kuwait before heading to Israel, he will next visit Lebanon before heading back to the States. In a tweet that appeared to catch many by surprise, Trump said the time had come for the United States to take the step.

An Israeli soldier stands next to signs pointing out distances to different cities, on Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, on May 10, 2018.

The Western Wall is located underneath the Old City's Muslim Quarter in eastern Jerusalem that was captured by the Israelis in the 1967 Six-Day War.

The U.S. will be the first country to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, which the rest of the worldwide community regards as territory occupied by Israel whose status should be determined by negotiations between Israel and Syria.

While the United States has supported the modern Israeli state since its establishment in 1948, the Trump administration has dramatically shifted US policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"There is no construct I can imagine now or any time in the future for the state of Israel to give the Golan up", Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a lead co-sponsor of the Cruz bill, also urged Senate leadership to take up the legislation.

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Companion resolutions calling on the United States to follow through with this recognition were introduced last month by Cruz, in addition to Sen.

Both Iran and Russian Federation have sent forces into Syria to support President Bashar Al Assad against an uprising against his rule.

Speaking at the emergency Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Istanbul, Erdoğan said Turkey will never allow the legitimization of Israel's invasion of Golan Heights.

"It's now clear that the consensus among Israel's allies in Washington is that the USA should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and we look forward to that consensus being reflected in U.S. policy", Sandra Parker, chairwoman of Christians United for Israel, said in a statement.

Israel unilaterally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

What is the Golan Heights?

"President Trump has just made history".

Netanyahu has for weeks been stepping up longstanding Israeli requests for the US and others to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan.

After arriving in Israel Wednesday, the secretary of state met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in a joint news conference, Pompeo vowed to fight anti-Semitism. Once again, this administration is playing risky partisan games with US foreign policy and the US-Israel relationship.

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