Sen. Graham presses U.S. to recognize Israel's control of Golan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Lindsey GrahamSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced his plans Monday to urge President Donald Trump to declare the United States’ formal recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the heavily disputed Golan Heights in eastern Israel.

According to the Israeli daily, Haaretz, Graham – who is corroborating with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the effort to push for the president’s acknowledgement of Israeli control over Golan – expressed his desire to advocate on Israel’s behalf before the White House while touring the hotly contested region with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

"From the state of South Carolina, I come here as an American – I come here to try to figure out what's best for America,” Graham proclaimed during the tour, according to CBN News. “What's best for America is a safe, secure and prosperous Israel. I will go back to the U.S. Senate, working with Senator Cruz. I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel – now and forever – because to give this territory up would be a strategic nightmare for the State of Israel, and who would you give it to?"

The case for Israel

Graham made it clear why Israel is America’s best and strongest ally in the Middle East.

“Why? Common values, common enemies – and from a military point of view, the best friend the United States can possibly ever have in a troubled region,” Graham explained, according to the Times of Israel. “I cannot tell you how much intelligence has been given to the U.S. from our friends in Israel to protect the American homeland. So, if you believe, as I do, [that] the State of Israel is a strategic partner to the United States, and its survival and its prosperity and security is relevant to American national security, you would come here, to the Golan.”

He went on to stress how escalating tensions in the region call for new measures and amplified U.S. support of Israel.

“For decades, this was one of the more peaceful parts of the border that Israel has to police … not so much now,” the South Carolina senator impressed before announcing his plan with Cruz to bolster U.S. support of Israel.

He went on to reaffirm Israel’s legitimate claim to the land.

"Israel occupied this territory by fighting for its survival," Graham declared, according to the Washington Examiner.

Wide Republican support of Israel

In January, Cruz and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) issued a statement supporting U.S. acknowledgement of Israel’s sovereignty of the Golan Heights, and last month, the two senators – along with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) – followed through with their January statement.

“[We are introducing companion bills [c]larifying that it is the United States Policy to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” the newly proposed legislation reads, according to the Examiner.

It was further emphasized by the Republican senator that it is in America’s best interest to ensure that Israel remains strong in the Middle East. He then recounted how the Jewish State has protected U.S. citizens in recent years by sharing valuable intelligence with the U.S.

"From a military point of view, the best friend the United States can possibly ever have in a troubled region,” Graham concluded, according to CBN News. “I cannot tell you how much intelligence has been given to the U.S. from our friends in Israel to protect the American homeland. So, if you believe – as I do – [that] the State of Israel is a strategic partner to the United States, and its survival and its prosperity and security is relevant to American national security, you would come here, to the Golan.”

U.S. backing appreciated

Netanyahu took to social media to echo and commend Graham’s sentiments about the contested region on Monday, and he included a photo with himself, Graham and Friedman touring the Golan Heights in his post.

"With my good friend, Senator @LindseyGrahamSC, today in the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu tweeted Monday. “The Golan Heights will always be part of Israel. It is important that the international community – especially our great friend the United States – recognizes this fact and accepts it."

Netanyahu’s future as Israel’s prime minister remains uncertain, as he could be indicted on criminal corruption charges with the April election coming up.

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