Trump signs proclamation recognizing Israeli control of Golan Heights

President Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 and annexed in 1981.

Trump made the announcement in a joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. “Today I am taking historic action to promote Israel’s ability to defend itself,” Trump said, “and really to have a very powerful, very strong national security, which they’re entitled to have.”

Trump first announced his desire to take the step to reverse decades of U.S. policy on the Golan Heights last week.

Critics noted the move was counter to international law and defied a United Nations resolution.

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