Israel says Trump to sign Golan sovereignty decree on Monday

Explained: Golan Heights; Where are they, and why do they matter?

Explained: Golan Heights; Where are they, and why do they matter?

The United Nations considers the Israeli-held Golan to be occupied territory.

U.S. President Donald Trump will on Monday sign a decree recognizing Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights while hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Israel's acting foreign minister said.

Again breaking with longstanding global consensus, Trump said on Thursday that the United States should acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

He however left unanswered if or when he would follow through with an order to do so.

Netanyahu has long pushed for Washington's endorsement, and many analysts see Trump's comments as a campaign gift ahead of Israel's April 9 election.

Syria and other states in the region said the recognition, if confirmed, would violate worldwide law.

Israel captured much of the Golan from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it, a move not endorsed internationally.

In 2017, Trump drew condemnation throughout the Middle East when he recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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