Netanyahu asks Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

By REUTERS
February 16, 2017 01:46




WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked US President Donald Trump on Wednesday to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

Most of the world considers the Golan, a high plateau between northeastern Israel and southwestern Syria, to be occupied by Israel, which annexed the territory in 1981 in a move not recognized internationally.

During a briefing with Israeli and foreign media after meeting Trump at the White House, Netanyahu was asked whether he had raised the Golan issue. "Yes," he replied.

Asked how the US president had responded, he said: "I wouldn't say that he was surprised by my request." Netanyahu did not elaborate.

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