Israel says Trump to recognise Golan as its territory Monday

Leroy Wright
March 25, 2019

With Israel's election only two weeks away, Benjamin Netanyahu will get to showcase his close ties with Donald Trump in a US visit days after the president backed Israel's hold over the occupied Golan Heights.

Trump's tweet marked a reversal of decades of U.S. policy, which has refused to condone the Israeli occupation of Golan, and urged that the dispute must be resolved diplomatically.

"Tomorrow, President Trump, in the presence of PM Netanyahu, will sign a decree recognising Israel's sovereignty on the Golan".

The Meeting is under special observation, because Trump had announced in the past week, the Golan heights as Israeli territory recognize.

The protests take place mainly in Majdal Shams, nearly simultaneously with a declaration by Arab authorities, local leaders and social groups and in which it is expressed: "The people of the occupied Syrian Golan assert to everyone, including the United States government, that stability in the region will not be achieved through this continued occupation and by supporting and consolidating the racial policies of the Zionist entity".

Israel's foreign minister said the USA president will go one step further today when he welcomes Netanyahu - who is looking for an electoral boost ahead of April 9 parliamentary polls - to the White House.

Israel's foreign minister said the U.S. president will go one step further on Monday when he welcomes a grateful Netanyahu to the White House.

The Syrian regime has never attempted to regain the occupied Golan Heights from Israel, an opposition spokesman said Sunday. "I will start a simple effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel - now and forever".

Trump does not understand that his decision on the Golan will create a precedent for countries other than Israel to grab and annex territory belonging to their neighbours.

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However, Israel has repeatedly refused to do so and in 1981, it formally annexed the Syrian territory. Under worldwide law, territories are considered Israeli-occupied territory of Syria.

"This land has sovereignty and its sovereignty is the Syrian Arab Republic", said local resident Rafiq Ibrahim, dressed in traditional Druze black garb, in the town of Majdal Shams. Successive Israeli governments have argued for retention of it because of its strategic value: It provides line of sight over much of Syria - the suburbs of Damascus are visible from there - as well as access to the Sea of Galilee, a critical source of water for the region. Netanyahu opposes any deal and has stepped up Israeli colonisation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem to make it impossible to create a Palestinian entity in these areas.

Before returning on Thursday from the long-planned trip to the home stretch of a close race, Netanyahu can expect a warm reception from Trump, who along with the First Lady, will host a dinner for Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.

Trump's announcement, like the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, strips away what remained of the veneer of neutrality that the USA enjoyed as a moderator in peace talks.

The visit comes just two weeks before Israeli elections to determine if Netanyahu will stay in power.

For Trump, Netanyahu's embrace resonates with US evangelists - a core constituency for the Republican leader, who is up for re-election in 2020.

New opinion polls last week showed Netanyahu losing ground to his electoral rivals, and the Washington visit was seen as an opportunity to regain momentum. The political newcomer has called for clean governance, building on the attorney-general's announcement in February that he intends to indict Netanyahu on bribery and fraud charges, pending a hearing after the April 9 vote.

"Netanyahu says it is confidential, but how is it that the Egyptians and the Germans as well as Yitzhak Molcho, who has no formal position, all have access to confidential information that even the IDF Chief of Staff and the defense minister did not have access to", Lapid said in an interview with Ynet.

Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group consulting firm, called that decision "a big win for Netanyahu with elections coming up".

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