US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has said that he will push the Trump administration to formally recognize the disputed region of the Golan Heights as part of Israel, according to a report by The Hill.
Graham made the announcement after a joint tour of the territory by him, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Envoy to Israel David Friedman.
This comes on the heels of US Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, and Senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, joint statement made last month urging Washington to recognise Israeli’s claims to sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. The two senators stress that the territory serves an important role in defending Israel from Iran and its allies.
“Responding to the threat posed by Iran and its proxies requires ensuring that Israel can defend its territory and its citizens from attacks […] To support Israel’s right to self-defense, Washington should take the long overdue step of affirming Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights”, the statement said.
The senators suggested a similar measure in the past in the form of a nonbinding resolution that called for recognition of Israeli claims to the Golan Heights.