President Trump Just Recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

Message that Trump has given the world is that America stands by Israel,’ Netanyahu says

President Donald Trump says it is time the United States recognises Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967.

Netanyahu quickly expressed his thanks for Mr. Trump's tweet.

Peace talks between Syria and Israel have continued on and off since Israel unilaterally annexed the area in 1981, a move which was not recognized internationally.

Earlier this month, a senior USA administration official told reporters in Washington that there was "no change in [US] outlook or our policy vis-a-vis these territories and the need for a negotiated settlement there".

Netanyahu is scheduled to leave Sunday for a four day trip to America and will have ample opportunity to thank Trump for his largess, with not one, but two meetings with Trump scheduled. Trump wrote on Twitter. Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Trump at the White House. "It is in the hands of Israel and will always remain in the hands of Israel", he said at the time.

In addition to this, in 2017, Washington recognised the city of Jerusalem, which is disputed between Israel and Palestine, as the Israeli capital, and in 2018 moved the American embassy in the country there.

In addition to its policies toward the Palestinians, the US has taken a hard line toward Iran, much to Netanyahu's delight.

Israel will see such a development as rivaling the significance of last year's opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem - a unilateral White House action that now has city authorities planning to name a new subway station after the American president.

Netanyahu, the Israeli PM, quickly tweeted his gratitude. Much of the world, including Canada, recognizes the Golan Heights as occupied territory.

Voicing these claims, Netanyahu once again called on the global community to recognise the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

About 20,000 Israeli settlers live in the Golan, which overlooks Syrian territory.

'I think, for this reason, and many more, it is time that the global community recognises Israel's stay on the Golan, and the fact that the Golan will always remain part of the State of Israel'.

WATCH: Netanyahu discusses Israeli sovereignty in Golan Heights with U.S.

Trump's latest shakeup comes ahead of the expected unveiling of a White House plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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.

Trump's move on Thursday was his most overt yet to help Netanyahu, who faces an April 9 election and is locked in a closely contested race at a time when he is battling corruption allegations, which he denies.

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