A picture taken on July 20, 2018 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shows an Israeli Merkava tank taking position on the border between Israel and Syria. AFP / JALAA MAREY
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The U.S. ambassador to Israel said in remarks published Thursday that he expected Israel to keep the Golan Heights in perpetuity, in an apparent nod towards its claim of sovereignty over the strategic plateau captured from Syria in the 1967 war. Foreign governments, including the U.S., do not recognize Israel's claim and President Donald Trump's national security adviser has said Washington's policy remains unchanged. But U.S. Ambassador David Friedman suggested Israel was there to stay and said it was possible the U.S. would consider recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in the future. Since early in Trump's term, Israel has lobbied for formal U.S. endorsement of its control of the Golan.Israel captured most of it from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War.
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