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Mar 22, 2019 | 14:53 GMT

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Israel, U.S.: International Reactions to Trump's Golan Heights Announcement

What Happened: Iran, Russia, Syria and Turkey have criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that Washington should recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, while some Israeli and U.S. politicians applauded the statement, The Jerusalem Post reported March 21.

Why It Matters: International and U.S. domestic reactions are reflecting the global sentiment toward Israel, although Gulf Cooperation Council states have been refraining from harsh rebukes as they are attempting to gradually improve their ties with Israel.

Background: Trump announced March 21 on Twitter that the United States should recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. His decision to sign an executive order on the recognition leaves the possibility that his successor may reverse the move unless the U.S. Congress passes legislation confirming the decision.

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