Israel wins Trump recognition of disputed Golan Heights

Israel wins Trump recognition of disputed Golan Heights

Graham was taken to the area, which was seized by Israel from Syria in the Six Day War, in an effort "to get the United States, together with other countries, to recognize Israeli sovereignty and the Israeli hold on the Golan", Netanyahu explained.

Netanyahu's office said that he spoke to Trump by phone and thanked him personally for his decision, telling him: "You made history".

According to a statement released by the White House, Trump will welcome Netanyahu to the White House next Monday and Tuesday, March 25 - 26.

The U.S. for the first time voted against an annual United Nations resolution condemning Israel's control of the Golan Heights in November.

Trump's foreign policy team did not respond favorably to similar requests regarding the Golan Heights a year ago, expressing frustration with Israeli officials for pressuring them over a major policy change so shortly after the administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The European Union, in line with global law, does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights and does not consider them to be part of Israel's territory".

"President Trump's decision to recognize the Golan as part of Israel is strategically wise and overall awesome".

"I'm looking forward to going to the wall with the PM", he said.

"We have the miracle of Purim", he said.

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Netanyahu is also set for an upcoming trip and will be coming back to Washington in a few days to meet with President Trump.

Meeting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, Pompeo listed Hezbollah, Palestinian Hamas and Yemen's Houthis - all recipients of Iranian support - as "entities that present risks to Middle East stability and to Israel". The Golan Heights is indeed critical for Israel and the stability of the region.

Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., said in a statement. Its status has always been a key issue in Arab-Israeli peace talks. Still, the influential pro-Israel lobby endorsed Trump's announcement, calling it "a dramatic change in American policy" and praising "his leadership on this issue".

"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. The wall is one of Judaism's holiest spots, but located in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem. Pompeo, a Christian, also stopped at the church.

The competing claims to the site are a frequent source of tension and lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He especially expressed concern over the role of Hizbullah, an Iran-backed movement that is targeted by USA sanctions but holds three cabinet posts in Lebanon.

Previous year the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and backed Israel's assertion that the city is its capital.

"More work remains to be done to align American policy with today's recognition", Cotton said. "While they are claiming to be trying to solve the conflict, such acts only make it more hard to resolve, " he said.

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