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Trump tweets that Israel should have sovereignty over Golan Heights

Trump tweets that Israel should have sovereignty over Golan Heights

Netanyahu thanked President Trump for his statement that it's time to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

But now he did something of equal historic importance - he recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and he did so at a time when Iran is trying to use Syria as a platform to attack and destroy Israel. Netanyahu's spokesman tweeted out this picture of a phone call with President Trump.

Trump has consistently backed Israel when it comes to major regional disputes and past year sparked controversy and outrage among Palestinians and others when he moved the United States embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem and said the U.S. officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

Earlier this month, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters in Washington that there was "no change in [US] outlook or our policy vis-a-vis these territories and the need for a negotiated settlement there".

"If some (thing) will happen from Lebanon toward Israel, we will hold Lebanon as the responsible (party)", Rivlin said. Since taking office, Trump has upended U.S. policy and taken a series of steps welcomed by Israel, most notably by recognizing contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

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"We call upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to announce as early as this evening that his agreement to the establishment of Palestine in the Bar-Ilan speech is null and void", Bennet said referring to a 2009 speech where Netanyahu laid out his acceptance of the two-state solution.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for the Golan Heights gesture.

The announcement hands Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a significant foreign policy victory, less than three weeks before Israelis head to the polls to decide whether he should remain in power. Much of the world, including Canada, recognizes the Golan Heights as occupied territory.

About 20,000 Israeli settlers live in the Golan, which overlooks Syrian territory.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, wrote on Twitter that he supported recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and that he and Sen.

Many of the Golan Druze continue to swear loyalty to Syria, partly out of fear that if the Golan were ever returned to Damascus they could face reprisals from the Assad regime if they were seen to have collaborated with Israel. Palestinian leaders, who broke off contact with Washington after the recognition of Jerusalem by Trump, say they expect the plan to be blatantly biased in favor of Israel.

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