On March 25, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The area was seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.
In a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump hailed the “powerful” relationships between the US and Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister called the signing “historic justice” and a “diplomatic victory.”
President Trump will sign a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“We do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning north of Tel Aviv.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 25, 2019
Syria already reacted to this event by describing it as an attack on its sovereignty and territorial integiry.
According to experts, the US move will lead to a further growth of tensions in the Middle East.
Furthermore, this decision came amid reports that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have resumed strikes on the Gaza Strip. The strikes came in response to an earlier event in which a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip destroyed a house near Tel Aviv. The incident prompted Netanyahu to cut his trip to the US short. Returning to Israel, Netanyahu vowed to respond “forcefully.”
US President Trump also lent his support to the Israeli strikes, recognizing Israel’s “right to defend itself.”
We have just started striking Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019
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