President Trump seems to fully understand the importance of America’s support of Israel, and he’s proven time and time again that he is one of the most pro-Israel presidents in our nation’s history.
Now he’s doing it again with a historic declaration.
Writing on Twitter Thursday, the president said, “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!”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sent Trump an enthusiastic congratulations video when he was elected, replied warmly on Twitter, writing, “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump! @realDonaldTrump”
The Golan Heights is a long-embattled region of Israel. Many supporters of Israel believe it’s an area that should always remain under Israeli control.
"The Golan is not disputed. It is in the hands of Israel and will always remain in the hands of Israel," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) remarked last month when touring the area, according to CBN News.
Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies praised Trump’s push, calling it “long overdue.” He was a little nervous about the timing of it, though, right before Israel’s April 9 elections.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been meeting with Israel officials, and Netanyahu is slated to meet with Trump himself next week, according to Townhall.
Upon meeting with Pompeo in Israel, Netanyahu called the alliance between Israel and the U.S. “tremendous” and “exceptional,” and an “unbreakable bond that’s based in shared values of liberty and democracy.”
“You know that Israel has no greater friend than the United States of America,” Pompeo assured him.