US recognizes Israel’s Sovereignty over Golan Heights

President Donald Trump said Thursday it is time to recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of security importance to regional stability.

The announcement comes as a significant foreign policy victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Next month the country is going into polls and voters are to stamp ballots whether he would continue for the next term.

Israel annexed Golan Heights in 1981 after capturing it long before in 1967 from Syria during Six-Day War, but international community denied to recognize the territory and regarded as occupied and Israeli settlements were illegal under international law.

In December 2017 the Trump administration moved US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital.

Trump administration has also blocked most of the funding to Palestinians, leaving couple of projects unfinished including a school.

Before the development US always maintained saying status of Jerusalem would be decided as part of broader Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Meanwhile, Trump made the latest announcement through a tweet on Thursday that reads, “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!”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President made a bold decision and the move was truly historic.

Paul Linus