Trump to recognize Golan as Israel’s territory Monday

By Mustafa Deveci

JERUSALEM, Palestine (AA) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will sign an official document lending support to Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in the presence of Israel’s prime minister, according to Israel's acting Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz.

"Tomorrow, President Trump, in the presence of PM Netanyahu, will sign a decree recognizing Israel's sovereignty on the Golan,” Katz said in a Tweet on Sunday.

Trump on Monday will welcome Netanyahu for two days of talks at the White House ahead of Israel's parliamentary elections set for April 9.

“Israel-US ties are closer than ever," Katz added.

On Thursday, Trump said it was time for the U.S. to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The announcement sparked huge condemnation and criticism from across the globe, including UN Human Rights Council, EU, Turkey and many other nations.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israel occupies roughly two-thirds of the wider Golan Heights as a de facto result of the conflict. It moved to formally annex the territory in 1981 — an action unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Council, EU, Turkey, and many other nations voiced against the Israeli occupation of Golan Heights in Syria.