Pompeo to make symbolic visit to Western Wall with Netanyahu

Pompeo to make symbolic visit to Western Wall with Netanyahu

"After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!" tweeted the President.

Fresh off the Trump Administration unconditionally recognizing the 1981 Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to see the USA curb its intelligence and military ties with Israel because the country is trading too much with China. The implications are two-fold.

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Trump's statement follows other actions sought by Netanyahu, including the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the U.S. withdrawal from the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran.

A senior administration official said Mr Trump had been discussing his Golan move over the last few days with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House national security adviser John Bolton, senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu affirmed his country's support for Syria's "territorial integrity".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pressed the United States to formally recognize Israel's annexation of the land, including making a public appeal for US help as he welcomed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Wednesday. "Thank you President Trump", he tweeted.

Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat panned the Golan announcement and said US policy would bring "bloodshed in our region".

Without directly addressing the Golan issue, Pompeo affirmed U.S. support of Israel: "With the threats of annihilation that Iran is making against Israel, we are committed to Israel's security and its right to self-defense".

Giving a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign, Trump's plan prompted criticism from the Arab League and nations such as Turkey. Netanyahu noted that modern Iran is trying to use Syria as a "platform" against Israel and called Trump's announcement a new "miracle of Purim".

Mr. Haass said the move violates UN Security Council Resolution 242, "which rules out acquiring territory by war and serves Israel as it says all states have right 2 live in peace".

He added: "Thank you President Trump!"

Netanyahu and Pompeo, who were accompanied by the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, placed notes in the wall, a religious tradition.

Syria insists the part of the Golan held by Israel remains occupied territory and has demanded its return.

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