U.S. president Donald Trump follows up its support of Israel by signing an Order that recognizes Golan Heights as Israeli Territory, and by reinforcing its military presence in the Middle East and North African region.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the US decision on the Golan is "a flagrant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of its country, according to a statement issued by the state news agency SANA.
President Donald Trump signed a decree on Monday at the beginning of a meeting he held with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the United States recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory that Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
After signing the decree, Trump gave Netanyahu the pen he had used and said, "Take this to the people of Israel."
Netanyahu celebrated Trump's decision and said that Israel has never had a better friend. He recalled the two previous wars in the Middle East as the reason why the Jewish state should cling to the Golan.
President #Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu held a joint news conference: "You said it, you did it" said Netanyahu thanking Trump for recognizing #Israelisovereignty over #GolanHeights. This happened while Israeli forces attacked the #GazaStrip. pic.twitter.com/9UCQb11BU4— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) March 25, 2019
Several countries such as China, Russia and Syria called Trump to respect the U.N resolution on the Golan Heights.
In 1981, the Israeli government unilaterally applied its own laws in the Golan Heights, a de facto annexation that the United Nations Security Council condemned in Resolution 497 as “null and void and without international legal effect.”
Debka file’s military and intelligence sources confirmed that the U.S. has substantially boosted its military strength across the two countries and in six different military bases.
According to Debka report, the six bases are focal points of the U.S. military command control of around 1,500 sq.km of territory between Ramadi in central Iraq, up to Hasakeh in northern Syria, and down south to Al Tanf.
Donald Trump confirmed this month his decision to leave 400 U.S. troops in Syria, reversing his plan to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from the country’s northeastern region.
Further questions about the U.S. military presence in Syria arose last week when The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) quoted U.S. state officials saying that the country was actually planning to keep about 1,000 troops in Syria.
Debka suggested two reasons behind the U.S. military expansionism over the Middle East: supporting its recognition of Israel sovereignty in the Golan and preventing Iranian presence.