Golan Heights

State Department Still Says Golan Heights Belongs to Syria

Update: State says policies are being updated consistent with Trump's declaration

Israeli army Merkava tanks take part in a military drill in the Golan HeightsThe State Department’s official foreign policy manual continues to list the Golan Heights area as being owned by Syria, despite President Donald Trump’s recent declaration affirming Israel’s right to the territory, which sits along its northern border and has been the source of multiple terrorist attacks.

The Importance of the Golan Heights

Analysis: Jerusalem is likely to keep treating Syria as an extension of Iranian territory

Like the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights came as a surprise to many, even if the matter had already gathered steam on Capitol Hill in recent years. It was one of the least publicly discussed aspects of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first meeting with Trump at the White House in February 2017. So why is the Golan so important?

U.S. Eyes New Front to Combat Iran in Golan Heights

U.S. officials say recognition of territory is key to fight against Iran terror

President Donald Trump Welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu To The White HouseThe Trump administration's recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights territory is part of a larger effort by the White House to open new fronts in efforts to combat Iranian militants and terror proxies in the region, according to U.S. officials familiar with the decision.