Unic Press UK: The United States has officially recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory given an Executive Order inked Monday by President Donald Trump in the White House, and witnessed by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Golan Heights, which was appropriated/occupied by Israel in 1967, used to be Syrian territory.
The Syrian government position that the 1,800 km² region remains an integral part of its territory was reiterated last week Friday by the country’s Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mikdad, during an interview with Al Mayadeen TV.
The United Kingdom Foreign Office had, on Friday, issued a statement contrary to the U.S. position saying: “The UK views the Golan Heights as territory occupied by Israel. Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law, including the UN Charter. We did not recognise Israel’s annexation in 1981 and have no plans to change our position.”
It was last week that President Trump hinted about his administration’s move to recognize Israel sovereignty over the Golan Heights, writing on Twitter: “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!.”