Emboldened by the American embassy’s recent relocation to occupied al-Quds, Tel Aviv is now pressing the US administration to recognize the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights as Zionist regime’s territory.
In an exclusive interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Yisrael Katz, Israel’s Spy Minister, said the subject is “topping the agenda” in talks with Washington, which has already recognized al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied Palestinian city.
He also claimed that America’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of occupied Golan would serve as a message of warning to Iran and bolster the latest wave of anti-Iran efforts by the US administration under President Donald Trump.
Zionist regime is deeply angered by Iran’s military advisory assistance to Syrian armed forces in their operations against the terrorist groups, which have the backing of Tel Aviv and its allies.
“This is the perfect time to make such a move. The most painful response you can give the Iranians is to recognize Israel’s Golan sovereignty - with an American statement, a presidential proclamation, enshrined (in law),” Katz said.
“I reckon there is great ripeness and a high probability this will happen,” the Israeli spy minister pointed out, predicting that the decision could be made later this year “give or take a few months.”
A White House official, however, declined to comment on Katz’s claims.
Meanwhile, Zionist regime’s Likud Party Lawmaker Yoav Kish has written to US Ambassador to the Occupied Territories David Friedman, urging Washington to recognize Israeli “sovereignty” over the occupied Golan Heights, the Jerusalem Post reported.
“We believe that an official recognition of the Golan Heights as a sovereign Israeli territory would be a natural continuation of the current US policy in our region,” the Knesset lawmaker noted.
Zionist regime seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.
The Tel Aviv regime has built tens of illegal settlements in the area since its occupation and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations against the Syrian government.