U.S. Should 'Fully Recognize' Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights

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Some Democrats had expressed anger that Omar could be facing an implicit rebuke, while racist statements by Trump and other Republicans go largely unchallenged.

In a speech broadcast on the Persian New Year on Thursday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic Republic had successfully resisted "unprecedented, strong" US sanctions. The move comes just days before Netanyahu is set to join Trump at the White House and follows weeks during which Netanyahu has renewed his push for the United States to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel.

The Jewish community of Qatzrin in the Golan Heights, on June 28, 2017. Netanyahu tweeted his gratitude. The US ambassador also recently accompanied Mr Netanyahu on a visit to the area.

"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", he wrote.

Iran has faced economic hardship since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew past year from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and reimposed sanctions. "We started this campaign a year ago and the leadership of @BlueWhite2019 stood on the Golan Heights and called for recognition".

The official was responding to questions about why the United States changed its description of the Golan Heights in its latest annual human rights report in which the area was referred to as "Israeli-controlled", not "Israeli-occupied" as it was previously stated.


The announcement comes while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with officials in Israel. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had not yet been made public.

The step prompted the Palestinians to sever ties with the White House.

He said the move violates UN Security Council resolution 242, "which rules out acquiring territory by war and serves Israel as it says all states have right 2 live in peace".

But that annexation has not been recognized by the global community, which has regarded the Golan Heights as occupied territory and Israeli settlements there as illegal under worldwide law. He recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and the Trump administration moved the USA embassy to Jerusalem in May.

Trump's announcement could complicate his administration's plans to roll out its long-delayed Middle East peace plan after Israel's election.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference in Kuwait, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Since the Syrian war erupted in 2011, Syrians in the Golan taking Israeli citizenship has become more common, though the vast majority reject it.


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