U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo during a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared plans to visit the Golan Heights. This is stated in the broadcast of the event on Netanyahu’s Twitter page.
“Today I will have a chance to visit the Golan Heights. The decision to recognize them as part of Israel, which was taken by President Trump, was historically important, but at the same time became an acknowledgment of reality,” – added the head of American diplomacy.
Since 1967, Trump’s predecessors as American president recognized the Golan and the West Bank as Israeli occupied territories. In March 2019 Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Such unilateral actions were opposed by Syria, Arab countries, Russia, key European powers and U.S. allies. In January Trump stated that the disputed territory of the Syrian Golan Heights should become the territory of Israel.
The Golan Heights, which had belonged to Syria since 1944, were seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967.