Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

Washington - Trump Signs Proclamation Formally Recognizing Israel's Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Published on: March 25, 2019 12:19 PM
Change text size Text Size  
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as he is applauded by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others during a ceremony to in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaU.S. President Donald Trump holds a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as he is applauded by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others during a ceremony to in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Washington - President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy.

Advertisement:

Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump made formal a move he announced in a tweet last week. The president said it was time for the U.S. to take the step after 52 years of Israeli control of the strategic highlands on the border with Syria.

Netanyahu had pressed for such recognition for months. Trump’s action gives him a political boost weeks before what’s expected to be a close Israeli election.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war but its sovereignty over the territory is not recognized by the international community.

“Today, aggressive action by Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hezbollah, continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel — very violent attacks,” Trump said.

“This should have been done numerous presidents ago,” Trump said.

The two leaders met as the Israeli military was striking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket that hit a house north of Tel Aviv and wounded seven people.

“Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression,” said Netanyahu, who planned to return to Israel to manage the attack following his meeting with Trump and other U.S. officials, including Vice President Mike Pence.

He added: “Israel will not tolerate this. I will not tolerate it.”

In a speech earlier Monday, Pence said the rocket attack “proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace.” Pence told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that “Hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel, and the United States will never negotiate with terrorist Hamas.”

The rocket destroyed a residential home in the farming community of Mishmeret, north of the city of Kfar Saba. The sounds of air raid sirens jolted residents of the Sharon area, northeast of Tel Aviv, from their sleep shortly after 5 a.m., sending them scurrying to bomb shelters. A strong sound of an explosion followed. The Israeli military quickly mobilized troops and called up reserves, setting the stage for a potential major conflagration shortly before Israel’s upcoming elections.

Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday for what was to have been a three-day visit.

In his remarks, Pence also took issue with comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that he said were anti-Semitic. Omar, a first-term lawmaker who is one of two Muslim women in Congress, has alleged that congressional support for Israel reflected “allegiance to a foreign country” and that Israel “has hypnotized the world.” She also has accused Americans who support Israel of being bought off by campaign donations.

“Anti-Semitism has no place in the Congress of the United States, and any member who slanders those who support the historic alliance between the United States and Israel with such rhetoric should not have a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” Pence said.



More of today's headlines

Washington - - Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said on Monday it was understandable for markets to be nervous when the yield curve flattened, though... Jerusalem - A pre-election gathering in Israel turned controversial when the head of a prestigious yeshiva slammed the Israeli government for not allowing gender...

 

Total6

Read Comments (6)  —  Post Yours »

1

 Mar 25, 2019 at 12:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Mazel Tov! It only took 52 years; as Golda Meir told Anwar Sadat, when he visited Israel in 1977 "What took you so long"?

2

 Mar 25, 2019 at 12:40 PM gersh Says:

Finally. Mazal Tov!

3

 Mar 25, 2019 at 02:27 PM anon6 Says:

Truly historic...thank you!

4

 Mar 25, 2019 at 02:37 PM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

gilgul of King Cyrus! MAGA!!!!

5

 Mar 25, 2019 at 03:53 PM lazy-boy Says:

Obama was a better speaker, a better dresser, behaved more dignified but hated Israel and did everything possible to make our life hard.

Trump is a big mouthed speaker, lacks the dignity of a president, runs the WH like it is his personal business, but he is a good friend to Israel and we should be very grateful that he is in the WH and not Obama or Clinton.

6

 Mar 25, 2019 at 06:13 PM I thought he hated jews? Says:

And dems keep saying he’s an anti Semite!!! Lol

7

Sign-in to post a comment

Click here to sign-in.

Scroll Up
Advertisements:
Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!