U.S. President Donald Trump signed a decree on Monday in the beginning of a gathering with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the US acknowledges Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory that Israel seized from Syria within the 1967 Center East warfare.
The decree formalized Trump’s assertion on March 21 saying it was time for the US “to completely acknowledge” Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. The transfer appeared to present Netanyahu a lift forward of the intently contested April 9 Israeli elections.
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The Golan Heights is positioned on the border between Israel and Syria. Israel captured the area from Syria in 1967 in the course of the Six Day Conflict.
Syria tried to retake the area in 1973, however failed. An armistice was signed and a UN observer drive was put in to observe the ceasefire.
Presently, the U.S. designation of the Golan Heights is that of disputed territory.