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Trump recognizes the Golan heights as part of Israel

U.S. President Donald Trump has called for the recognition of the sovereignty of Israel since 1967, the occupied Golan heights. After 52 years, the time had come for such a step, he wrote on Thursday on Twitter. The Golan heights were of "vital strategic and security-political importance for the state of Israel and the stability in the Region". Israel and Syria both an international legal claim to the territory claimed. Trumps decision is a break with decades of American policy in the middle East to democratic and Republican presidents.

Trump made his announcement shortly before a visit by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in the White house, which is scheduled for the beginning of next week. Netanyahu has asked the US government several times already, and the Golan heights as part of Israel to acknowledge. The decision had already emerged. Last week, the US had changed-the Ministry of foreign Affairs in a report on the human rights situation in Israel, the designation for the Status of the Golan heights. Instead of "Israel" was referred to occupied the area – as well as the 1967 conquered the West Bank and the Gaza strip as "Israeli – controlled".

In an interview with reporters had asked the foreign Minister, Mike Pompeo on Thursday during a visit to Jerusalem, but still in agreement that a Change in the Position of Washington sun. He had attended on Thursday, together with Netanyahu, the wailing wall in Jerusalem.

Israel's Prime Minister welcomed the "courageous" decision to Donald trump. They come in a time in which Iran attempts to use Syria as a platform for the destruction of Israel. It is, however, only a few days before an election in Israel on March 9. April, the Netanyahu because of corruption allegations on the brink of a defeat against the former chief of General staff Benny Gantz.

a bone of contention since 1967

The Golan heights are a strategically important rocky plateau above the lake of Galilee with the city of Tiberias, and densely populated areas in the North of the country. Israel had conquered the approximately 1800 square kilometres of the great Western part of the Golan heights in the six day war in 1967. In 1981, ended in Israel, the military administration of the territory and annexed it. Internationally, this has not been recognized but. Under international law, territories are considered Israeli-occupied territory of Syria.

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Last came to a head the confrontation between Iranian units in Syria and Israel. The revolutionary guards fired missiles at Israeli territory, Israel responded with massive air strikes deep in Syrian territory. Donald Trump had previously arranged already, the relocation of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv and the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which led to protests in Arab countries.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 21.03.2019, 23:39 PM

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