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Netanyahu hails Trump s historic pledge on Golan sovereignty

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday welcomed US President Donald Trump s historic pledge to recognise Israel s disputed annexation of the Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in 1967. At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognises Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, he wrote on his personal Twitter account. Thank you President Trump! Trump s statement of intent on the strategic plateau Israel seized in the Six-Day War came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Jerusalem and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Netanyahu at the Western Wall in the city s Israeli-annexed eastern sector. It was the first time such a high-ranking US official had visited the highly sensitive site in the Old City, part of the mainly Palestinian east of Jerusalem, alongside an Israeli premier. Both US gestures serve to boost Netanyahu s campaign for a fifth term, less than three weeks before Israel s April 9 .

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