US Ambassador in Israel David Friedman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Senator Lyndsey Graham [R – SC] on the Golan Heights March 11 2019. .
(photo credit: AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu, US Ambassador David Friedman and Senator Lyndsey Graham [R-SC] toured the Golan Heights on Monday, leading the high-ranking GOP Senator to vow he’ll “work with Senator [Ted] Cruz” to begin an American effort to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan “now and forever.”
Netanyahu thanked Graham for his support saying Israel has “no better friend” and called on the international community to recognize Israeli control of the Golan, starting with “our mighty friend the US.”
The Golan was won over by the IDF from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967. While Israel officially annexed the strategic territory overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the move remains contested.
Syria vowed to attack Israel unless it withdraws from the Golan Heights, World Israel News reported on Friday.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad submitted an official warning to the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) Kristin Lund, in what seemed to be an attempt to prevent official US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan.
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