The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine the reasons behind US President Trump’s sudden recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.
Following Trump’s statements as US President, acting Israeli Foreign Minister is saying that Trump will make it official and sign an executive order to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Syrian border territory on Monday.
Israel says White House officials are preparing an official document to codify support for Israel’s sovereignty of the Golan Heights, which will be signed by US President Donald Trump on Monday.
The signing of the decree will be witnessed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during talks with Trump at the White House, Israel’s acting foreign minister, Israel Katz (pictured), said in a Tweet.
“Tomorrow, President Trump, in the presence of PM Netanyahu, will sign a decree recognizing Israel’s sovereignty on the Golan. Israel-US ties are closer than ever,” Katz said.
אני נערך להופיע היום בפני אלפי משתתפי ועידת אייפק בוושינגטון. התבשרנו כעת כי מנהיגי הונדורס ורומניה הודיעו בועידה על כוונתן להעביר את שגרירויותיהן לירושלים. מחר יחתום הנשיא טראמפ, בנוכחות רה״מ נתניהו, על צו המכיר בריבונות ישראל בגולן. יחסי ישראל ארה״ב הדוקים מאי פעם.
— ישראל כ”ץ Israel Katz (@Israel_katz) March 24, 2019
Israel seized the strategic plateau from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war, subsequently annexing it in 1981 in a move never recognized by the international community.
Trump’s tweet annoys allies
Trump broke with decades of US Middle East policy when he posted a Tweet on Thursday that said it was time to accept Israel’s widely-contested claim to the border territory.
The decision has been criticized by many US allies — Germany, Britain, France and the EU have all said they still consider the Golan Heights to be “occupied” by Israel.
Syria and other states in the region said the recognition, if confirmed, would violate international law.
Netanyahu has long pushed for Washington’s endorsement, and many analysts see Trump’s comments as a campaign gift ahead of Israel’s April 9 election.
In 2017, Trump drew condemnation throughout the Middle East when he recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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