US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he will urge Congress to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“From the state of South Carolina, I come here as an American. I come here to try to figure out what’s best for America. What’s best for America is a safe, secure, and prosperous Israel,” Graham said Monday during a tour of the Golan with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
“I will go back to the US Senate, working with Senator (Ted) Cruz, I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel, now and forever. Because to give this territory up would be a strategic nightmare for the State of Israel. And who would you give it to?”
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967 and officially annexed the territory in 1981. The international community does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan and the United Nations considers the area occupied territory.
The Golan is of strategic importance to Israeli security, but Syria demands Israel’s full withdrawal.