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Cotton, Cruz, Gallagher Statement on Recognizing Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

March 21, 2019

Contact Caroline Tabler or James Arnold (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - Following a presidential announcement that the United States should fully recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin), released the following statement:

"We applaud the president for formally recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an acknowledgement that enhances the national security of both Israel and the United States. At a time when Israel's northern border is threatened by Iranian forces and their proxies in Lebanon and Syria, including by Hezbollah's rockets, armed drones, and newly discovered terror tunnels, this recognition will be great news for our ally and its right to self-defense. More work remains to be done to align American policy with today's recognition. We look forward to advancing our bicameral legislation on the Golan Heights which acknowledges Israel's sovereignty over its territory, streamlines Congressional language, and expands the basis for joint projects on the issue."


Background

In February, U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) introduced companion bills establishing that it shall be the policy of the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Bill text may be found here.