The United States reversed decades of policy in the Middle East by officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Israel seized it from Syria in the Arab Israeli War in 1967, and then annexed the Golan heights in 1981.
President Donald Trump has pledged to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. DW explains why the contested territory matters.
Arab states, Iran and the UN Security Council have voiced outrage over the US president's declaration that Israel should have sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. Israel annexed the territory from Syria in 1981.
Presenting himself as a well-connected world leader ahead of Israeli elections, Netanyahu met with the Russian leader to discuss military operations over Syria. Russia also retrieved the body of a fallen Israeli soldier.
Israel captured the area in the 1967 Six-Day War and formally annexed them in 1981. Now US President Donald Trump intends to defy the international community by accepting the claim — a grave mistake, says Rainer Sollich.
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