The disputed territory must finally be recognized as a part of Israel according to President Trump.
On Thursday afternoon Trump said the following in a tweet: “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!”
The Golan Heights has been a source of controversy in international affairs, much like the rest of the occupied territories. Several years ago, official US policy was the exact opposite of what Trump is suggesting.
It was reported back in 2015 that the United States would not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The Golan Heights is a strip of land north and east of the Sea of Galilee at Israel’s border with Syria. It is a strategically advantageous position that Israel has occupied since the Six-Day War in 1967. For context, the occupied territories were under Egyptian, Jordanian, and Syrian control prior to 1967. During the Six-Day War, Israel captured these areas. Israel has a long history of being attacked by its neighbors, coming out victorious against overwhelming odds. The Golan Heights, if left under Syrian control, would have placed Israel’s population at great risk. More information on the strategic importance of the Golan Heights can be found here.
The Trump Administration’s choice to take this pro-Israel position will definitely rankle the status quo. With Jared supposedly looking for an elusive Mid-East peace deal, increasing Israel’s bargaining power is an interesting strategy.
Yet, the move rightly legitimizes Israel’s policy. Regardless of what deal there may or may not be in the future, Trump has repeatedly sought the well-being of Israelis. Every previous attempt at peace has shown a willingness from Israel to give up land in exchange for stability. Every time, the Palestinians and Israel’s Arab neighbors refuse (with the exception of Egypt, which has made it work). Trump’s international recognition of Israeli sovereignty over disputed territory shows the world that Israel does not have to be in a perpetual state of waiting… waiting to give up everything just to exist.