Monday, March 25, 2019

President Trump Meets With PM Netanyahu

President Donald Trump officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights Monday in a ceremony with Benjamin Netanyahu, delivering a symbolic boost to the Israeli prime minister just two weeks before he faces a re-election vote.

The presidential proclamation, foreshadowed last week when Trump said it was time for the change, breaks with decades of U.S. policy.

“Under my administration, the unbreakable alliance between the United States and Israel has never been stronger," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Netanyahu told Trump: “Israel has never had a better friend than you.”

Netanyahu was originally planning to speak at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this week in Washington but cut short his trip after a rocket attack on Israel from Gaza.

Trump announced his intention to recognize Israeli control over the territory it captured in 1967 in a tweet last week, prompting speculation he was looking to assist Netanyahu politically. The Israeli prime minister and longtime Trump ally has been dogged by corruption allegations, and polls show a close April 9 election.

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