Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States said on Sunday that President Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s control of the Golan Heights will be formalized on Monday when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House.
“If we’re going to talk about Syria, I think it’s important for me to thank President Trump for recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Dermer said during the ongoing Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., after having been asked about the threat Israel faces from Iran in Syria.
“I think that deserves a standing ovation,” he added, with the crowd following suit by standing to applaud.
“It’s so significant in historical terms because 52 years ago we acquired that territory in a defensive war,” Dermer continued. “There’s one thing to achieve a military victory, which our brave soldiers did. It’s another thing to translate that military victory into a diplomatic victory. It took us 52 years to do that, and I think it will formally be declared, that diplomatic victory, tomorrow at the White House, and the people of Israel are very grateful to President Trump.”
On Purim, Trump tweeted that he would recognize Israel’s control over the Golan Heights.
“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability,” he wrote.