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Netanyahu wants US recognition of Israel sovereignty over Golan Heights

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton [John Bolton/Wikipedia]
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton [John Bolton/Wikipedia]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on US National Security Adviser John Bolton to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights in compensation of its withdrawal from Syria, Israeli media reported.

Israeli newspaper Maariv said Netanyahu had sent an official request to the US regarding the issue a couple of days ago.

According to Quds Press, Netanyahu also raised the issue during his meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo which took place in Brazil last week.

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During a press conference, held jointly with Bolton, Netanyahu said that they would visit the Golan Heights on Monday.

“When you are there,” Netanyahu addressed Bolton, “you will be able to understand perfectly why we will never leave the Golan Heights, and why it is important that all countries recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

Netanyahu said he had discussed this issue with US President Donald Trump himself.

Israel occupied the Golan Heights in 1967 and annexed it in 1981; a step which has never been recognised by the international community.

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