‘Very nice’: Netanyahu pleased with Trump’s approval of Israel map including occupied Golan Heights
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu beamed as he showed off a new, Donald Trump-signed US State Department map which redraws Israel’s border to include the Golan Heights – an occupied territory annexed from Syria.
The map was passed along at a meeting on Thursday between Netanyahu and White House adviser Jared Kushner, according to Israel Channel 13 journalist Yosef Yisrael.
#BREAKING PM @Netanyahu: during our meeting, Kushner gave me a map from the State Dept that now recognizes the Golan Heights, and add: "He sign on it 'nice.' I say, 'very nice.'" pic.twitter.com/NycVKdcJjK— Yosef Yisrael (@yosefyisrael25) May 30, 2019
Kushner’s visit is part of an international tour to sell the much-anticipated Middle East peace plan, set to be unveiled this summer, but the territory-divvying map does not bode well for peace in the region.
Golan Heights was occupied from Syria by Israel in 1967, annexed by in 1981.Successive UN resolutions regard it as Syrian territory. Israel almost gave it back in 1999. Trump recognized it as Israeli ahead of election last April. Election now has to be repeated...— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) May 30, 2019
US President Trump left his signature on the printout of the map, along with a singular word of approval: “Nice,” which Netanyahu later one-upped in a press conference, calling it “very nice.”
Palestinian leaders have vowed to boycott Washington’s peace effort, including a conference planned for June in Bahrain, stating they have not been consulted about the meeting.
“Any Palestinian who would take part would be nothing but a collaborator for the Americans and Israel,” Palestinian Authority social affairs minister Ahmed Majdalani told Reuters.
The Trump administration recognized the city of Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal and undivided” capital last year and moved its embassy into the city from Tel Aviv, a decision widely regarded as favorable to Israel.Also on rt.com Kushner meets with Netanyahu over Mideast peace as Israel mired in political crisis
The administration’s peace plan is also reportedly expected to allow Israel to retain sovereignty over West Bank settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
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