Flanked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a joint press conference inside the White House Monday, President Trump signed an official proclamation recognizing the Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory.
The Commander-in-Chief signed the order hours after a rocket attack from inside the Gaza Strip destroyed a home outside of Tel Aviv; prompting Netanyahu to cut-short his visit to Washington and return to Israel to oversee his military’s response.
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“This was a long time in the making. It should’ve taken place many decades ago,” said the President at the signing ceremony.
Israel gained control of the Golan Heights during the Six Day War of 1967 and officially annexed the region into Israel in the early 1980s.
The international community considers the area “disputed territory” and views development and housing construction by the Jewish State as a violation of international law.