Trump Wants U.S. to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights
WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that the United States should recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights, one of the world’s most disputed territories, reversing decades-long American policy and violating a United Nations resolution.
The president’s announcement, in a midday Twitter post, serves to recognize Israeli sovereignty over land that its troops seized in war. It came after repeated pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, which claimed the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and effectively annexed it in 1981. The United Nations Security Council has declared that Israel must withdraw from territory acquired by force.
In an interview later Thursday afternoon with the Fox Business Network, Mr. Trump said that he had considered recognizing the territory as part of Israel “for a long time” and that his decision was not meant to boost Mr. Netanyahu’s chances in a bitter race for coming parliamentary elections.
“I wouldn’t even know about that,” the president said of the Israeli vote, set for April 9, in the interview with the Fox network’s anchor, Maria Bartiromo.
“Every president has said, ‘Do that,’” Mr. Trump said of his Golan Heights declaration. “I’m the one that gets it done.”