Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be at the White House on Monday to watch Trump formally sign the decree that will see the US reverse 50+ years of policy, and recognize the Israeli occupation and annexation of the Golan Heights, legally part of Syria.
This decree formalizes an announcement Trump made via Twitter last week,
and is seen as primarily boosting Netanyahu’s reelection chances, while
having little significance internationally. Israel had no intention of
ending the occupation of Golan, and the US recognition is being panned abroad.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took it a step farther Sunday, announcing that he intends to take the matter to the United Nations in the future, assuring that Trump’s statement does not legitimize the occupation of Golan.
Within Israel, Trump’s statement may inform policy, in as much as it
suggests an American imprimatur to go even further with its treatment of
occupied territory. A new poll suggests growing support, even from
two-state-solution proponents of an Israeli annexation of the occupied West Bank.
This would’ve been unthinkable a week ago, as it would be seen as a stab
against Trump’s peace plan. At this point, however, with Pompeo
suggesting God may have sent Trump specifically to benefit Israel, it
appears that anything is possible for a far-right Israeli government to
get away with.
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