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Trump signals support for Israel in Golan Heights dispute

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/22/19, 10:51 am

President Donald Trump late on Thursday signaled a potential shift in the U.S. stance toward the disputed Golan Heights territory between Israel and Syria. “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!” he tweeted. No nation has yet recognized Israel’s claim on the territory it captured from Syria in 1967 and officially annexed in 1981. International efforts to aid negotiations between the two countries have not succeeded.

The statement along with Trump’s previous remarks and actions in support of Israel could boost Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position as he runs for election in April. “The message that President Trump has given the world is that America stands by Israel,” Netanyahu said during a news conference Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem.

The Syrian government called the tweet “irresponsible,” saying it threatens international peace and stability. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Trump’s “personal and arbitrary decisions” could send the region into a new crisis.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 03/22/2019 02:11 pm

    The Syrians and Iranians protest that recognition of Israel’s claims threatens peace and will send the region into a new crisis. In the US and elsewhere, Pres. Trump’s call for recognition will be responsible for the detonation of countless liberals’ heads  

    In the Middle East, aren’t threats to peace, and one crisis after another, the norm?  

    I’ve been thinking lately about the never-ending anti-Semitism, something that goes back several thousand years. The only conclusion I can reach is that it is Satan-inspired.  Yes, those who hate or scorn the Jewish people are tools of Satan.