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president trump on Thursday said it was time to back Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights a territory that Israel seized from Syria in nineteen sixty seven tweeting that the move was quote of critical strategic and security importance to the state of Israel and regional stability the controversial announcement marks a major shift in US policy and trump's most overt move yet to help Israel's embattled prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he faces reelection next month and prepares to come to Washington next week that's the tonic is on the story this is %HESITATION a major boost potentially for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the cusp of April ninth elections %HESITATION he is already under a great deal of pressure in a very tight election campaign a time when he's facing %HESITATION some very strong corruption charges which he denies for president trump %HESITATION this also appears to be another gambit to a Polish his popularity among the America's pro Israel campus specially a very strong base of evangelical Christians %HESITATION he's doing this %HESITATION just days ahead of the Washington annual convention of a pack of a strong as a pro Israel lobby Israel annexed the Golan in nineteen eighty one in a move not recognised by the international community president of the council on foreign relations Richard Haas said he strongly disagreed with the move tweeting that it violates the U. N. security council resolution that quote rules out acquiring territory by war Netanyahu has long pressure trump to recognize Israel's claim to sovereignty over the disputed area but the tonic says the policy shift could complicate his administration's eventual roll out of the Middle East peace plan the plan is not only intended to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table talk peace but also to draw Israel closer to its sometimes hostile Arab neighbors those a , specially were allied with the United States none of those states have has recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights Netanyahu saying trump by a tweet and by phone saying quote you've made history trump is scheduled to host Netanyahu at the White House on Monday and Tuesday of next week