Trump's declaration of signs that formally recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights

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Donald Trump has signed a document that formally recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a strategic place that the international community has called "occupied" by Israel.

In a move that stimulated both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and conservative Christians in his own base supporting the primacy of Israel in the region, Trump signed a resolution that officially changed Washington's position on 700 square miles of territory .

He started with decades of US policy and international consensus on the area that was conquered by Syria by Israeli forces in 1967: a de facto annexation that was declared illegal by the United Nations.

"It was a long time being developed … (should) have taken place many decades ago," Trump said, while Netanyahu looked over his shoulder. Delivering to the prime minister the pen with which he signed the declaration, Trump added: "Give this to the people of Israel".

In the Oval Study, Netanyahu praised Mr. Trump. "Israel has never had a better friend than the president of the United States," he said.

On one day, Israel began responding militarily to a missile attack by Hamas militants in Gaza that wounded seven people, adding that Israel had no intention of giving up the Golan Heights.

"Just as Israel was high in 1967, just as it was high in 1973, Israel is high today. We hold the ground high and we should never give up," he said.

In Israel, the proclamation was met with widespread praise, even if muted.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin thanked the United States and called Trump "a true friend of the State of Israel".

Benny Gantz, former head of the country's army and Netanyahu's main electoral rival, said he hoped it was part of a true bipartisan relationship in the future.

Even the leader of the opposition, Shelly Yachimovich, as well as the leader of the Labor party, Avi Gabbay, praised the move.

The news, however, was met with a widespread condemnation throughout the rest of the Middle East.

Syria has called the US action a "flagrant attack" on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The camera of the skier's helmet captures the moment when Israel intercepts the Iranian missile directed at Golan height

"The liberation of the Golan by all available means and its return to the Syrian homeland is an inalienable right," said the Syrian foreign ministry in a statement of the Syrian Arab press agency. "The decision … makes the United States the main enemy of the Arabs".

The general secretary of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, also condemned the move, saying that the Washington action did not change the status of the area.

The status of the Golan has not changed in the eyes of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, his spokesman said.

"The United Nations policy on the Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and this policy has not changed," he added.

A UN Security Council resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member body in 1981 stated that "Israel's decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is zero and without international legal effects ".

Netanyahu's visit, which prompted Trump to make the announcement, arrives while facing an election on April 9th ​​that should be near.

Netanyahu is also facing new allegations of corruption, which are piled on top of the accusations that he used his position for personal gain.


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