The White House announced Wednesday that Netanyahu would be welcomed in Washington over two days next week. "Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?"
The Foreign Ministry in Damascus said Trump's statement confirms "the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity", referring to Israel, and added that it won't change "the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian".
The ministry "stressed the importance that everybody should respect the resolutions of worldwide legitimacy and the United Nations Charter in respect of the inadmissibility of acquiring land by force", the statement said.
The presidential order enraged Palestinians, who see the largely Palestinian region of East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian nation qhose existence the US hasn't acknowledged. Identical bills in the Senate and House introduced by Cruz and Gallagher would also include the Golan Heights as part of Israel in any spending and trade bills while greenlighting joint scientific, industrial and agricultural projects in the occupied territory.
Pompeo had brushed questions about the change aside, insisting even earlier Thursday that there was no change in policy.
During his trip to Israel, Mr Pompeo likened Trump to a biblical hero due to his stance on Iran.
USA top diplomat Mike Pompeo planned to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday in what would be a break with longstanding diplomatic practice. Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war.
The Palestinians have sought to claim east Jerusalem as its capital of an eventual independent state, but Israel also considers Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital. "Well done, Mr President!" But other governments, including the United States, did not recognise the act.
Why is the area contentious?
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Netanyahu has for weeks been stepping up longstanding Israeli requests for the USA and others to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan.
The move comes as Israel has been pushing the Trump administration for recognition and some members of the Republican Party are backing the idea.
Syria tried to regain the Heights in the 1973 Middle East war, but was thwarted.
One reason is the steady deterioration of security along a demilitarized border zone between Israel and Syria which lost its historical calm when the Syrian civicl was began in 2011.
After Netanyahu began lobbying Trump on the issue previous year, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee held a hearing urging the president to declare the Golan Heights part of Israel.
"There is no construct I can imagine now or any time in the future for the state of Israel to give the Golan up", Sen.
Security. Israel says the civil war in Syria demonstrates the need to keep the plateau as a buffer zone between Israeli towns and the instability of its neighbour. Iran said the announcement was "illegal and unacceptable", and Russian Federation pointed out that a change of the status of the Golan Heights would be a direct violation of United Nations resolutions.
Both sides covet the Golan's water resources and naturally fertile soil.