WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the U.S. should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.
After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2019
Trump’s tweet comes eight days after GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) introduced legislation that would affirm Israeli sovereignty over the area. It is not yet clear if the legislation has a path to becoming law.
Israel captured the Golan from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War.
The 700-square mile territory has since become an important military fortification for Israel to thwart Hezbollah rocket attacks against Jewish settlements in the area.
The Golan is internationally regarded as Syrian territory and Damascus has said that Israel must withdraw its forces as a pre-condition for peace talks.
Last year Trump earned the ire of the international community and the praise of pro-Israel groups after approving the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.