US President Donald Trump announced last month in a tweet to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the dubious Golan Heights territory. The decision took a dramatic toll in the U.S. policy. To add further, Trump said this Saturday that the decision was made quite quickly after he received history lessons from a few of his advisors.
In a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump said that he was speaking to his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, and also the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and the Israel advisor Jason Greenblatt over the phone about an unrelated issue when he all of a sudden brought up the Golan Heights. The Times of Israel reported this.
To recall the conversation, Trump said the following
I said, Fellows, do me a favor. Give me a little history, quick. Want to go fast. I got a lot of things I am working on: China, North Korea. Give me a quickie.
After the advisers poured some history right into Trump’s mind, he said he asked Friedman,
David, what do you think about me recognizing Israel and the Golan Heights?
For obvious reasons, Friedman was shocked and asked Trump if he would really do that. Trump responded by saying
Yeah, I think I’m doing it right now. Let’s write something up. We make fast decisions and we make good decisions.
At the March 25th meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump when the former visited the White House, Trump signed a proclamation where the official recognition of Golan as an Israeli territory was granted. The move was seen as a dramatic departure from the US policy. However, this was announced by Trump on Twitter on 21st March where people see it as an attempt to boost and support Netanyahu for the elections on April 9.
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