WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday and recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights and turned more than half a century of American politics.
Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump made a move he announced in a tweet last week. The president said it was time that the United States took steps after 52 years of Israeli control of the strategic highlands on the border with Syria.
Netanyahu had been pushing for such recognition for months. Trump's action gives him a political boost in weeks before what is expected to be a close Israeli election.
Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the Mideast war in 1967, but its sovereignty over the territory is not recognized by the international community.
"Today, aggressive acts of Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hezbollah, continue the Golan Heights as a potential starting point for attacks on Israel – very violent attacks," says Trump.
"This should have been done by several presidents since , Trump said.
The two leaders met when the Israeli military hit the Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket that hit a house north of Tel Aviv and wounded seven people.
"Israel reacts strongly to this malicious aggression," Netanyahu said, who planned to return to Israel to cope with the attack after his meeting with Trump and other US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence.
H e 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 it US Israeli Public Affairs Committee that "Hamas is a terrorist organization seeking the destruction of Israel, and the United States will never negotiate with terrorist Hamas."
The Radius destroyed a residential area in the agricultural area of Mishmeret, north of the city of Kfar Saba. The sounds of air strikes sirens shot residents of the Sharon area northeast of Tel Aviv, from their sleep shortly after 5 o'clock, sending them shacks to bombers. A strong sound of an explosion followed. The Israeli military quickly mobilized troops and called reserves and set the stage for a potential major conflagration shortly before Israel's forthcoming elections.
Netanyahu arrived on Sunday in Washington for what should have been a three-day visit.
In his remarks, Pence also raised the question with comments from Re s. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., That he said was anti-Semitic. Omar, a first-time lawyer who is one of two Muslim women in Congress, has claimed that congressional support for Israel reflects "belief in a foreign country" and that Israel "has hypnotized the world". She has also accused Americans of supporting Israel for being promoted by campaign donations.
"Anti-Semitism has no place in the US Congress and any member who swears those who support the historic alliance between the United States and Israel with such rhetoric should not have room in the Foreign Affairs Committee," said Pence.