"I hear he's doing okay. But I would imagine the other side, whoever's against him, is also in favor of what I just did", Trump said. But little more than a statement from the president or secretary of state is necessary to secure the major USA policy shift. Last week, the State Department dropped the phrase "Israeli-occupied" from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it "Israeli-controlled".
If we had given up the Golan Heights, we would have Iran, our greatest and most powerful enemy, on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, threatening us from the high ground overlooking much of Israel's North.
Israel's leader has thanked President Donald Trump for "boldly" recognizing Israel's control over the Golan Heights.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, wrote on Twitter that he supported recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and that he and Sen.
Omar Baddar, deputy director at the Arab American Institute, said Trump is marginalising the United States role in the world by disregarding worldwide law and pledging "full support for Israel's illegitimate acquisition of territory by force".
"Turkey supports Syria's territorial integrity", he added.
"Attempts by the U.S.to legitimize Israel's actions against global law will only lead to more violence and pain in the region", Çavuşoğlu wrote in a tweet.
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Attending the summit were Greek Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras and the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
But in a tweet that appeared to catch many by surprise, Trump said the time had come. Neither made any public comment at the site.
Indeed, Thursday's tweet is the latest example of Trump showing a blatant disregard for worldwide norms and institutions in favour of Israel.
The United Nations, which has a monitoring force on the Golan Heights, holds that it is occupied territory.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Trump's declaration is of "equal historical importance" to his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his withdrawal from the global nuclear deal with Iran. It later annexed the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem in moves never recognised by the global community.
A second Israeli source said that the top-most Israeli leadership was given a heads-up shortly before Trump tweeted the decision, similar to how they were informed of the president's decision in December to withdraw USA troops from Syria. Israel is now in the middle of a precarious situation with its neighbors: It has been striking Iranian targets in Syria and this latest development, created by the Trump, could provoke Syria, Russia and Iran to further isolate and perhaps attack Israel, complicating matters immensely.
Trump's latest shakeup comes ahead of the expected unveiling of a White House plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
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