Trump says Israel sovereign over Golan Heights

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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, center, walks to an Israeli military helicopter following a visit with Israeli Prime minister Bejamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman to the border between Israel and Syria at the Israeli-held Golan Heights, Monday, March 11, 2019. Graham says he will push for American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over […]

President Donald Trump says that it’s time to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

In a tweet Thursday, Trump said that after 52 years, it’s important for the United States for fully recognize Israel’s control over what he says is an area of “critical strategic and security importance to Israel” and stability in the region.

Trump’s tweet came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Jerusalem. Reporters asked Pompeo about the issue, but he declined to answer.

The Israeli prime minister has accused Iran of attempting to set up a terrorist network to target Israel from the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. He has used the incident to repeat his goal of international recognition for Israel’s claim on the area.

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