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this is a long time , to make the president Donald Trump on Monday signed a decree formally recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights marking a dramatic shift from decades of US policy Israel is an inspiration a trusted ally and a cherished friend the United States will always stand by its side the move to warm praise from visiting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu but it raises new doubts about the US role in negotiating peace between Israel and the Palestinians the decision announced last week could benefit Netanyahu who is locked in a hard fought reelection battle amid corruption charges Israel has been blessed to have many friends who sat in the oval office but Israel has never had a better friend than you Israel captured the strategic Golan Heights from Syria in nineteen sixty seven in annexed in nineteen eighty one and moved to cleared unlawful by the U. N. security council until now the U. S. as long regarded the Golan Heights as Israeli occupied territories this , the ceremony came as Netanyahu cut short his visit due to a rocket attack near Tel Aviv trump's decision follows the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December twenty seventeen analysts say both proclamations could undermine the expected roll out of the U. S. Middle East peace plan and complicate Israel's efforts to ease conflict with Arab neighbors as they aligned against mutual adversary Iran thank you very much