Trump Signs US Recognition Of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Explained: Golan Heights; Where are they, and why do they matter?

"What's changed is that in the last three years Bibi has sensed that the world is more populist and the centre of gravity in Israeli politics has shifted rightwards, so he's done the same", Rynhold said. "We hold the high ground and we should never give it up", he said. I will not tolerate this.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mocked the investigations that have plagued Donald Trump's administration at the White House on Monday, as the president signed an executive order officially announcing USA recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.

President Donald Trump has said "it is time for the U.S. to fully recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights".

The move appeared to give Mr Netanyahu a boost ahead of the closely contested 9 April Israeli elections.

In a statement released by his office, Abbas said: "There is no legitimacy that can override UN Security Council resolutions, the UN General Assembly or the Arab Peace Initiative".

Howver, he cut his USA visit short after the rocket attack, saying he would fly home straight after his meeting with Mr Trump.

"This was a long time in the making", Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House.

Israel annexed the Golan in 1981 in a move not recognised internationally.

"Even though my spirit belongs in the national camp, and I will feel more comfortable with my friends in the Likud and the right-wing parties, in the end we must ask, is the right less unsafe to Jerusalem and the Land of Israel than the Left?"

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For more than half a century, one of the foundations of U.S. Mideast policy has been U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which called on Israel to yield lands it occupied in the 1967 war for peace with its Arab neighbors. Israel has not annexed the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, but some Israeli politicians, including the current Knesset speaker, have described the Golan annexation as a first step towards annexing some or all of the West Bank.

There was no claim of responsibility for the early morning attack.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in the Congress of the United States, and any member who slanders those who support the historic alliance between the United States and Israel with such rhetoric should not have a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee", Pence said.

"The presidency reaffirmed that sovereignty is not decided by either the USA or Israel no matter how long the occupation lasts", the statement said.

Syria's government has issued a statement saying it will liberate the precious territory by all means.

Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States and now a deputy minister for diplomacy, said "they share a disdain for political correctness".

He said Arab leaders could not publicly support Trump's decisions on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights because it would threaten their popularity, in some cases already low. We are aware of the latest reports of firing on Gaza. "That would be the end of the two-state solution".

Israel blamed them on Hamas, though a security official later said the salvo was set off by accident.



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