U.S. President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to sign a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory on Monday, thus formalizing a move announced with a tweet earlier on Thursday.
In a joint press conference, Trump said: “We do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning north of Tel Aviv,” adding: “Our relationship is powerful.” Trump then said: “We will confront the poison of anti-Semitism.”
Netanyahu called Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights “historic justice” and a “diplomatic victory,” saying that “Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of defense.” Netanyahu said he brought Trump a “box of the finest wine from the Golan Heights.”
This stagecraft was strategically timed to aid Netanyahu’s reelection bid, of course. Israel votes on April 9th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2019
The deed is done: President Trump has formally recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, with Prime Minister Netanyahu looking on. pic.twitter.com/gnDiYnBhqj
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) March 25, 2019