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Donald Trump accepts Israel Golan rule

AFP | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 23, 2019, 2:29 am IST
Updated Mar 23, 2019, 2:29 am IST
United States President Donald Trump
 United States President Donald Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump said the United States should acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over the hotly-contested Golan Heights, in what amounted to a major pre-election gift for his ally Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Trump said in a tweet.

Trump called the Golan — a strategic area seized from Syria and annexed in a move never recognised by the international community — “of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” About 20,000 Israeli settlers live in the Golan, which overlooks Syrian territory. Trump’s abrupt announcement was immediately cheered by Netanyahu, who faces a tough reelection battle and visits Washington next week.

“At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognises Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” the PM wrote on Twitter. “Thank you President Trump!”

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