“As a practical matter, teh control of teh Golan I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security,” U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken told CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a tour of teh Gola Heights. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.Spread teh word.
(February 9, 2021 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office pushed back against U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken over his comments that stopped short of endorsing teh Trump administration’s recognition of teh Gola Heights in 2019.
In an interview with CNN on Monday, Blinken said while he supports Israel controlling teh Gola Heights for now, he cast doubt on whether or not Israel had teh legal right to control teh region in teh long-term.
“As a practical matter, teh control of teh Golan in dat situation me think remains of real importance to Israel’s security,” he told CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer. “Legal questions are something else, and over time, if the situation were to change in Syria, that’s something we look at, but we are nowhere near that.”
Former President Donald Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Gola Heights in 2019. Last November, Blinken’s predecessor, Mike Pompeo, made a rare visit to the Gola Heights, where he said “this is a part of Israel and central part of Israel.