Trump signs Proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights
In response to a question whether he wants Netanyahu to win April 9 elections, Trump responds: “Yes I do, yes I do,”
A week ago Trump tweeted that It’s time “to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights”.
Now it is official.
During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House today, Trump signed a Proclamation declaring U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The State of Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats. Today, aggressive acts by Iran and terrorist groups, including Hizballah, in southern Syria continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks on Israel. Any possible future peace agreement in the region must account for Israel’s need to protect itself from Syria and other regional threats. Based on these unique circumstances, it is therefore appropriate to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim that, the United States recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Against the backdrop for the press statements and signing, Netanyahu is rushing back to Israel after Hamas fired a large rocket into central Israel, hitting a house and injuring several residents including children.
Israel has called up limited reserves and the question is only whether there will be another large-scale round of fighting, like in 2014, or a more limited response.
Trump expressed his support for Israel, and for Netanyahu in his upcoming April 9, 2019, election:
Seconds after he recognized Israeli control over the Golan Heights alongside Netanyahu at the White House, a reporter asks Trump whether he would like Netanyahu to win the elections.
“Yes I do, yes I do,” the president answers.
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Not only is there a chance that Trump gets Netanyahu to work with he might also get Andrew Scheer in Canada, a better Tory in the UK, and someone other than Maduro in Venezuela.
I would like to see recognition of Jews legitimate right to take control of the occupied territories, followed by expelling all palestinian squatters.
That would make a few heads explode. The fireworks would be as much fun to watch as seeing Trump prevail.
IDF shows this picture of hamas internal security service offices.
It wasn’t for fun. Video of the building blowing up.
Side by side pictures of the building, after the bomb. LOL.
Fun fact: the Israeli government’s so-called “legal adviser” (or Solicitor General), who actually functions as Israel’s dictator, has forbidden the live broadcast of these military strikes since he says that would constitute electioneering for the Likud.
In any normal country a government hires whomever it likes as its legal advisors, with political considerations explicitly taken into account, it can fire them whenever it likes, it may accept or reject their advice, and when they appear in court for the government they must take the position the government tells them to. In Israel, however, the “legal advisor” is a career civil servant, who has his job regardless of who’s in government. When there’s a vacancy the government must choose a replacement from a short list supplied by the DOJ. It may not fire him, his “advice” is binding on it, when he appears in court on its behalf he can take whatever position he likes even if it’s contrary to government policy, and the government cannot have any other representation. Even if the PM himself were to appear in court and insist the government disagrees with its lawyer, the court would tell him to shut up. The only word for this is “dictatorship”. It doesn’t matter who wins elections, they must obey the “legal advisor”, and each department’s “legal advisor” all of whom are little dictators.
The only ones promising to change this system are Ayelet Shaked of the New Right, and Moshe Feiglin of Zehut.
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