Blinken Stops Short Of Endorsing Trump Recognition of Golan Heights

In 2019, the former President Donald Trump formally guaranteed American recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory – an unusual shift from decades of Washington policy.

Blinken Stops Short Of Endorsing Trump Recognition of Golan Heights
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stopped short of endorsing the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Golan Heights as part of Israel. While talking to a local news channel, Blinken noted that the territory was critical for Israel’s security.

In 2019, the former President Donald Trump formally guaranteed American recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory – an unusual shift from decades of Washington policy. During the Middle East war in the 60s, the Israeli army captured the territory from Syria. In 1981, it annexed the region in a move that is not internationally recognized.

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Blinken told CNN that the territory is important for the security of Israeli and described the “legal questions” as something else. He further added the Syrian regime as well as the presence of the militia groups in the region backed by Tehran pose a security threat to Israel.

Previously, Biden’s advisor maintained that the new administration would not withdraw from its recognition of Heights as part of Israel. Besides, the Democratic president reiterated his administration’s commitment to keeping the American embassy in Jerusalem following Trump’s decision to move the embassy, despite the international criticism.

On his Middle East policy, the former president was in lockstep with his key regional ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, Biden and his close aides have stated that they intend to re-establish diplomatic ties with the Palestinian officials, reject unilateral actions, including the construction of Israeli settlements, and resume aid cut by Donald Trump.

But since Biden assumed office, his failure to speak with Israel’s Netanyahu has raised eyebrows among key regional experts as well as in Israel. Previously, Trump and Obama spoke to him soon after assuming the presidential office. When asked about the delay, the president maintained, “I’m sure that they’ll have occasion to speak shortly.”

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