President Donald Trump tweeted comments this morning stating the disputed territory was of ”critical strategic and security importance” to Israel and regional stability, representing a major shift in 52 years of U.S. policy. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during a 1967 conflict and annexed it in 1981, drawing international condemnation. The move comes a week before Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington.
Who does this impact? As well as having regional implications, Trump’s words come just before Israeli national elections and the endorsement will benefit Netanyahu and his Likud Party.