Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked US President Donald Trump for his decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Thursday.
“President Trump has just made history,” said Netanyahu.
“And he did so at a time when Iran is trying to use Syria as a platform to attack and destroy Israel, and the message that President Trump has given the world is that America stands by Israel,” he added.
In return, Pompeo stressed that the people of Israel “should know that the battles they fought, the lives that they lost on that very ground, were worthy, meaningful and important for all time.”
A couple of hours earlier, Trump posted an unexpected statement on Twitter, saying that the US would recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory captured from Syria in 1967.