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Trump Supports Israel Sovereignty Over Golan, Aiding Netanyahu

  • Netanyahu to visit Trump next week ahead of tough re-election
  • Move would be at odds with longstanding international policy
Israeli soldiers stationed in the Golan Heights look out across the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra.

Israeli soldiers stationed in the Golan Heights look out across the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra.

Photographer: Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images

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President Donald Trump said it’s time for the U.S. to “fully recognize” Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a political gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just weeks before a tough re-election vote.

The remark -- which would break with decades of U.S. policy -- could prove decisive in swaying Israeli voters just as Netanyahu faces corruption allegations that have marred his campaign. It is also likely to draw a rebuke from the international community, which never recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the territory it captured in 1967.