Trump Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights

Mar 21, 2019

President Donald Trump announced today that the United States will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan Heights or Bashan, as it was known, in its defensive war against Syria. The U.S. since referred to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-occupied” land rather than owned by Israel, which under international law, it had a right to claim as territory gained in a defensive war.

Christians in Defense of Israel delivered petitions to the White House on March 7 calling for this historic move.

Previous U.S. administrations have treated Golan Heights as occupied Syrian territory.  However, today President Trump tweeted: “After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israeli's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” 

Within minutes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly tweeted his gratitude: “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you, President Trump!”

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