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Netanyahu in Washington with Golan Heights recognition on tap

Israel s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday, looking for an electoral boost from Donald Trump amid expectations the US president will formally recognize Israel s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Trump broke longstanding international consensus last week over the status of the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War, saying the US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau. Israel s foreign minister said the US president will go one step further on Monday when he welcomes a grateful Netanyahu to the White House. President Trump will sign tomorrow in the presence of PM Netanyahu an order recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Netanyahu has long pushed for such recognition, and many analysts saw Trump s statement, which came in a tweet on Thursday, as a campaign gift ahead of Israel s April 9 polls. The prime minister is locked in a

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