Trump formally recognises Israeli control of Golan Heights
President of United States Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of US policy.
Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at White House, Trump made formal a move he announced in a tweet last week. President said it was time for US to take the step after 52 years of Israeli control of strategic highlands on the border with Syria.
Netanyahu had pressed for such recognition for months. Trump’s action gives him political boost weeks before what’s expected to be a close Israeli election.
Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war but its sovereignty over territory is not recognised by the international community.
Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday for what was to have been a three-day visit.
In his remarks, Pence also took issue with comments by Rep Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that he said were anti-Semitic.
Omar, a first-term lawmaker who is one of two Muslim women in Congress, has alleged that congressional support for Israel reflected “allegiance to a foreign country” and that Israel “has hypnotised world”.