Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed the United States to recognize Israeli governance of most of the Golan Heights during a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, underscoring the growing possibility that the Trump administration may change its stance on the territory.
Netanyahu has pushed repeatedly for the United States to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the western Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the Six Day War of 1967 and later annexed.
There are recent signs that the Trump administration could be moving in Netanyahu’s direction. An annual human rights report released March 13 by the State Department used the phrase “Israeli-controlled” rather than “Israeli-occupied” to describe the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza, counter to the tradition. The Trump administration has also pushed back against United Nations condemnations of Israel’s occupation.
Netanyahu will visit President Donald Trump next week, the White House announced Wednesday.
New York Times