Trump Declares Israel Has Sovereignty over the Golan Heights
President Donald Trump declared Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in a simple, but direct tweet Thursday.
“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!” the president said in the tweet.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2019
According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted in kind, using the social media platform to announce that “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!”
The president’s tweet came as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Israel, just weeks before Netanyahu’s contentious re-election bid. During his visit, Pompeo and Netanyahu took aim at Iranian aggression in the region.
“The Ayatollah has declared that the annihilation and destruction of Israel is his primary goal. With such threats a daily reality of Israeli life, we maintain our unparalleled commitment to Israel’s security and firmly support your right to defend yourself,” Pompeo said Wednesday, according to a report by CBN
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