US President Donald Trump has argued for the US sovereignty Israel recognize about the Golan Heights occupied since 1967. After 52 years, it is time for the United States to do so, Trump wrote on Twitter ahead of a planned visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington next week.
Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is the State of Israel and Regional Stability!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2019
Isarel had conquered the approximately 1,150 square kilometer Syrian plateau in the Six Day War in 1967 and 1981
annexed. The United Nations annulled the annexation.
The area is military strategic and because of access to water sources
significant. Syria penetrates for years
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for his statements on the status of the Golan Heights. "I telephoned US President Donald Trump recently and thanked him for his decision to recognize the Golan Heights," Netanyahu wrote on Twitter. "At a time when Iran wants to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights President Trump, you have made history!"
Netanyahu has repeatedly sought international recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in the past. Only in January he had the United States and again urged other countries to recognize the area as part of Israel. "The Golan Heights are extremely important to our security, and I think when you get there you understand very well why we will never leave the Golan," he said at a meeting with US National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Trump's appeal follows a new word of the US Department of State
The US State Department had recently changed its wording on the status of the Golan Heights. In a report on the human rights situation in Israel, the ministry described the areas as "controlled by Israel." Last year, both the Golan Heights and the territories conquered in 1967, called the West Bank and Gaza, were still considered "occupied" by Israel.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on a visit to Jerusalem that the new wording in the report was not a mistake. She was chosen very consciously. Pompeo visited there together with Netanyahu the Wailing Wall. They both prayed, then put written prayers in the wall joints and visited nearby tunnels and synagogues.
The western wall of the ancient Jewish temple is considered one of the holiest places of Judaism. It lies at the foot of the Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif / The Noble Sanctuary), which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. The Wailing Wall is also located in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed. However, the eastern part of the city is also claimed by the Palestinians as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Pompeo visits East Jerusalem
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had privately visited the sacred site on previous visits. Pompeo is the hitherto highest-ranking US government member to visit the Wailing Wall with an Israeli Prime Minister. An official US visit may be in recognition of the Israeli sovereignty be evaluated over the old town.
Pompeo told journalists before the visit to the Wailing Wall: "I think it's symbolic that a senior US official is going there with the Israeli head of government." In the morning, Pompeo's meeting with President Reuven Rivlin reaffirmed his country's commitment to Israel's security. After visiting the Wailing Wall, Pompeo visited the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.
Aaron David Miller of the Washington Wilson Center, who previously advised several Republican and Democratic US foreign ministers in the Middle East, said with Pompeo's visit to the Wailing Wall, Trump's government wanted to show that they were "the most pro-Israeli government in the history of US Israeli Relationships "be. They put this sign "just under three weeks before an Israeli election".
Netanyahu in the election campaign
For Netanyahu, the visit to Pompeo is also a domestic help. In Israel, a new parliament will be elected on 9 April. Despite corruption investigations against him Netanyahu hopes for another mandate. Next week, he will speak in Washington at the annual meeting of the American-Israeli lobby organization Aipac. Also a meeting with Trump is planned. In the White House, the two want to discuss "the interests and actions of both countries in the Middle East".
Trump's Middle East policy meets with the right-wing conservative government in Israel on approval. For example, Netanyahu praised the decision to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.