Time to recognize Golan Heights

Trump says it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Trump by phone to thank him. “You made history,” his office quoted him telling the US president.

After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!

Trump made the comment on his Twitter account on Thursday.

Sovereignty of the Golan Heights is disputed. Israel seized the region from Syria in the 1967 war.

Israel has been calling on the US to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Israel says Iranian forces have been gaining strength near the territory. Iran backs the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump is believed to be trying to maintain support from pro-Israel voters in the run-up to the presidential election next year.

But the proposal may prompt a backlash from Syria and Iran.

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