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Trump signs Proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Trump signs Proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

In response to a question whether he wants Netanyahu to win April 9 elections, Trump responds: “Yes I do, yes I do,”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90G89gK0iD0

A week ago Trump tweeted that It’s time “to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights”.

Now it is official.

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House today, Trump signed a Proclamation declaring U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The State of Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats. Today, aggressive acts by Iran and terrorist groups, including Hizballah, in southern Syria continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks on Israel. Any possible future peace agreement in the region must account for Israel’s need to protect itself from Syria and other regional threats. Based on these unique circumstances, it is therefore appropriate to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim that, the United States recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

DONALD J. TRUMP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHj45VR1Oa0

Against the backdrop for the press statements and signing, Netanyahu is rushing back to Israel after Hamas fired a large rocket into central Israel, hitting a house and injuring several residents including children.

Israel has called up limited reserves and the question is only whether there will be another large-scale round of fighting, like in 2014, or a more limited response.

Trump expressed his support for Israel, and for Netanyahu in his upcoming April 9, 2019, election:

Seconds after he recognized Israeli control over the Golan Heights alongside Netanyahu at the White House, a reporter asks Trump whether he would like Netanyahu to win the elections.

“Yes I do, yes I do,” the president answers.

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Comments

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 25, 2019 at 1:15 pm

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please Mr. President Trump TRIGGER the Evil People MORE!!!!!

Jew-hating ilhan Omar weeps.

    casualobserver in reply to MTED. | March 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I was thinking of how much the expression on Netanyahu’s face in this image will simply cause apoplexy in the many Jew-haters. Remember, according to the hard left – smirks imply all kinds of bad things. Just ask the teens from Kentucky.

    AER1972 in reply to MTED. | March 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I hope she chokes on her hijab. She recently advocated for Muslims to rise up against other Americans. As she falsely claimed Muslims are treated like second class citizens in this country. She is a liar and an enemy of the USA.

Collusion!

Between the Worst Nazi Ever and the Worst Perpetrators of Apartheid Ever, no less …

How ridiculous that Democrats want to make routine contact and well wishes among world leaders into something nefarious.

I think I’m psychology it’s called projection.

Could you imagine the baby jesus doing something like this (either recognising the Golan Heights OR trying to help out a Jewish ally)??

Also…what are the options for Israel here? Are any of the opposition leaders any good?

    Milhouse in reply to mailman. | March 25, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Unfortunately not. Netanyahu is actually terrible, but the only credible alternative, a tag team of Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid (they’ve agreed that if they win Gantz will be PM for two years and then resign so Lapid can take a turn), would be much worse.

    If you think Trump Derangement Syndrome is bad, Gantz just announced that he’s convinced Netanyahu would have him killed if only he had some way to do it. Which strikes me as somewhat stupid, because Netanyahu probably has enough criminal connections that he could arrange a hit if he wanted to badly enough. (Yvette Lieberman surely does, but he and Netanyahu are now on the outs.)

    It’s important that the election produce enough MKs supporting Netanyahu for PM, but ideally they should not be from the Likud but from Zehut, the New Right, and the United Right, all of which are committed to actual reform and security, and to overthrowing the judicial establishment. If I were voting in the election I’d vote for Zehut. I wish its leader, Moshe Feiglin, were a realistic contender for PM, but he’s not.

      AER1972 in reply to Milhouse. | March 27, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      Why is Netanyahu terrible (in your words)?

        Milhouse in reply to AER1972. | March 27, 2019 at 1:19 pm

        He’s the ultimate squish. He talks a good game but always, always caves under pressure.

        He is one of the last people left who actually seems to believe in a “two-state solution”. After the Rabin assassination he plunged in the polls, so to recover he started talking and acting like a true believer in Oslo, and he’s never changed since.

        His first significant act in office was to give Hevron away. He promised that the moment the Arabs would start shooting from the hills above the tanks would go take it back; when the shooting indeed started he just let them continue for years.

        He offered to give the Golan away to Assad, and then lied about it.

        He supported the Gaza withdrawal and expulsion, which could not have proceeded without his vote, right up to the moment when it was too late to prevent it, and only then did he make a big show of resigning to demonstrate his supposed opposition.

        He froze construction in the “territories”, officially for over a year and unofficially for many years. Even now, he announces plans for construction but rarely carries through. Even in Jerusalem, where he ought to have no legal power to interfere with construction, he somehow does, and has many times prevented the issue of building permits over the city council’s objections.

        And in the meantime he has expelled dozens of Jews from their homes, demolished homes, while the new villages he promised to replace them have not been built and the people remain homeless.

        The multiple investigations over the years into his financial affairs are mostly overblown, but the overall picture that emerges is not savory. He may not have actually broken any laws in ways that can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, but he’s certainly taken full advantage of his position to benefit himself. He’s innocent like Bob McDonnell is innocent. That he’s no more corrupt than his rivals isn’t a defense.

2nd Ammendment Mother | March 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm

At the tail end of that press conference, heard a pundit state that in spite of all of his efforts and successes to follow through on years of American promises, Trump is still an anti-semite and racist who hates Israel???????

Side note…. I saw a small bit the other day mentioning that Trump has more women in executive positions than any previous President… but he’s still a mysoginist I guess?

    If Trump is an antisemite, may God send us many more. He certainly hides it well.

    Remember, though, that it is in fact possible to be both an antisemite and good for the Jews. G K Chesterton, H L Mencken, and R M Nixon were all antisemites, but the kind I wish we had more of.

Is that Proclamation final or does Congress have a role in making it “official”? With all potential Dem. Presidential candidates boycotting AIPAC, this Proclamation should fan the flames of Jew hatred in the Dem party and smoke out more crypto-antisemites.

    Milhouse in reply to SHV. | March 25, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    No, Congress has no role in the matter. Recognition of foreign governments and the extent of their territory is entirely up to the president, in his sole discretion. Congress can’t interfere. That’s why the Jerusalem Act that Congress passed in 1995, purporting to recognize Israeli sovereignty over that city, was unconstitutional.

smalltownoklahoman | March 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm

“In response to a question whether he wants Netanyahu to win April 9 elections, Trump responds: “Yes I do, yes I do,”

Trump’s illegally meddling in a foreign nation’s elections!!!!

You know it’s coming. At any rate, I do support this proclamation of recognizing the Golan as part of Israel. It will help further solidify our relationship with Israel and give it’s enemies reason to pause and think for attacking them on the issue.

    Yes, he is meddling, but there’s nothing illegal about it, just as there’s nothing illegal about Russia meddling in our elections. It’s supposed to not be done, but who’s kidding whom?

bobinreverse | March 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Nice gesture but Trump is not going to obtain any more votes from Jews by doing this than he is going to get from Blacks by providing more job opportunities for them. If trump wants to expand his voter base he should stick to stuff that appeals to male or female joe blow whitey. please spare me any racist or anti Jewish comments.

    Milhouse in reply to bobinreverse. | March 25, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    He didn’t do it for the Jewish vote.

    Put it in forward and try using your head.

    There are about 7 million Jews in the United States with the majority living in states that will not go for Trump. The only exception is Florida.

    Only a republican fool would pander for the vote of a group that would have no value in any election. Trump is not a fool.

    For the reversed, Trump does it because it is the right thing to do.

bobinreverse | March 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Nice gesture but Trump is not going to obtain any more votes from Jews by doing this than he is going to get from Blacks by providing more job opportunities for them. If trump wants to expand his voter base he should stick to stuff that appeals to male or female joe blow whitey. please spare me any racist or anti Jewish comments.

    LukeHandCool in reply to bobinreverse. | March 25, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    1) It’s a lot more than a “nice gesture.”

    2) He will obtain more Jewish votes. The question is how many more (or what higher percentage)? In extremely close state races just a few thousand votes changed because of his continued and unprecedented support for Israel could make the difference in being reelected or not. Think of Florida, for example. Also, it’s extremely hard to get people who are at one time staunch supporters of a party to switch to the other party. And once they’ve made that switch and reconfigured to some extent their worldview, it’s my guess it would be much harder still to get them to switch back. And those that switch influence their families, friends, and various circles of associates.

    3) The right thing to do is the right thing to do. What good is expanding your voter base and getting reelected if you’re not going to do the right thing? Especially when the right thing will definitely not hurt your voter base. Christians will be happy with this. And Jewish Democrats who are strong supporters of Israel will be happy, too, and more likely to support Trump or stay home on election day depending on their thoughts and feelings towards the Democratic nominee.

    4) This doesn’t happen in a vacuum. This happens in stark contrast to the simultaneous ongoing scandal of the Democratic Party looking more and more like Britain’s Labour Party and its indifference towards, if not wholehearted embrace of, anti-Semitism.

LukeHandCool | March 25, 2019 at 3:17 pm

A serious question:

Who are the prominent journalists and Democrats (I know that’s almost perfect overlap) who’ve stated or insinuated that President Trump is anti-Semitic?

I know there have been some who’ve done this, but they should be named. I can’t personally remember because so many phony taunts of him being racist and homophobic and anti-Semitic, etc., have been lodged that they all just blur into one another as a junk heap of leftist name calling.

They should be named and shamed.

With enemies like President Trump, who needs friends?

Not only is there a chance that Trump gets Netanyahu to work with he might also get Andrew Scheer in Canada, a better Tory in the UK, and someone other than Maduro in Venezuela.

JusticeDelivered | March 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm

I would like to see recognition of Jews legitimate right to take control of the occupied territories, followed by expelling all palestinian squatters.

That would make a few heads explode. The fireworks would be as much fun to watch as seeing Trump prevail.

IDF shows this picture of hamas internal security service offices.
https://twitter.com/IDF/status/1110240968761057281/photo/1
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It wasn’t for fun. Video of the building blowing up.
https://twitter.com/AmichaiStein1/status/1110259384037376007/video/1
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Side by side pictures of the building, after the bomb. LOL.
https://twitter.com/IDF/status/1110232222332866561/photo/1

    Milhouse in reply to 4fun. | March 26, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Fun fact: the Israeli government’s so-called “legal adviser” (or Solicitor General), who actually functions as Israel’s dictator, has forbidden the live broadcast of these military strikes since he says that would constitute electioneering for the Likud.

    In any normal country a government hires whomever it likes as its legal advisors, with political considerations explicitly taken into account, it can fire them whenever it likes, it may accept or reject their advice, and when they appear in court for the government they must take the position the government tells them to. In Israel, however, the “legal advisor” is a career civil servant, who has his job regardless of who’s in government. When there’s a vacancy the government must choose a replacement from a short list supplied by the DOJ. It may not fire him, his “advice” is binding on it, when he appears in court on its behalf he can take whatever position he likes even if it’s contrary to government policy, and the government cannot have any other representation. Even if the PM himself were to appear in court and insist the government disagrees with its lawyer, the court would tell him to shut up. The only word for this is “dictatorship”. It doesn’t matter who wins elections, they must obey the “legal advisor”, and each department’s “legal advisor” all of whom are little dictators.

    The only ones promising to change this system are Ayelet Shaked of the New Right, and Moshe Feiglin of Zehut.

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