An Israeli official pointed to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights as an opportunity to officially reclaim other biblical lands captured during the Six Day War.
The New York Times identified the official as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, suggesting that in light of over 70 years of Arab terror, the Netanyahu-led government is contemplating the possible annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria surrendered to the Palestinians in numerous and unsuccessful “peace deals.”
The report that Israel is seriously considering such a move came just hours after Trump broke with over 50 years of US policy by signing a proclamation accepting and recognizing Israeli control over the Golan, a highly strategic mountainous buffer with war-torn Syria and Iran that Israel captured in 1967.
“We are in a confrontation with Iran and this (Golan recognition) hurts the Iranians, demonstrating that the US gives us absolute and powerful backing,” the official told an entourage of Israeli reporters accompanying Netanyahu on his return flight to Israel. “Everyone says it is impossible to hold an occupied territory, but behold — it is possible if it is ours in a defensive war,” the official added in Hebrew.