>> Fresh off the back of celebrating the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israeli ministers are now lobbying the Trump Administration to recognize its sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. In a Reuters exclusive, an Israeli cabinet minister predicting it could happen in only a matter of months.
The Golan Heights was part of Syria, until Israel captured it in the 1967 Middle East War. It moved Israeli settlers into the area and annexed the territory in 1981, in a move not recognized internationally. Reuters correspondent in Jerusalem, Dan Williams.>> Were the United States o go ahead and recognize the Golan Heights, the Israeli-held Golan Heights, as a sovereign Israeli territory, going against the opinion of most world powers that it's occupied territory, that at least notionally should be returned at some point to Syria, the Americans would effectively be telling the world that they agree with Israel's territorial ambitions, and perhaps that they agree with Israeli assertions that when it comes to Syria, there is no credible interlocutor for peace talks now given seven years of civil war.
>> We have no better friends in the world.>> For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, relations with the US couldn't be better. The US has recognized Jerusalem as its capital and scrapped the Iran nuclear deal that Israel had labeled a disaster. The Golan would be the cherry on top.
>> If borne out, this Israeli disclosure would really point the depth of the alliance between Israel and the United States, of the very intimate relationship between the government of Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Trump Administration, allies effectively working in lockstep when it comes to core Middle East policies, and indeed when it comes to Israeli nation-building.