Daily Memo: Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights, Korean Cooperation, New Deadlines for Brexit

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GPF Staff |March 22, 2019

Trump wades into Golan sovereignty. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday a call for the U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967. Unsurprisingly, the move was roundly condemned by European governments, Russia and most of the Middle East. Moscow and Paris said it would be a violation of international law and United Nations Security Council decisions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in a tough re-election fight and has been pushing for such a statement since early 2017, called Trump to thank him. Tweets are just tweets, of course, even when coming from the Oval Office. And whether or not the U.S. moves forward with the change, it won’t change much on the ground. Israel already controls the Golan Heights, it needs the territory for strategic depth (especially considering the increasing threat from Iran-backed forces in Syria), and no one is going to take it from them. And while this may complicate the

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