A United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation military observer uses binoculars near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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to recognize hold on GolanIsrael is pressing the Trump administration to recognize its sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, an Israeli Cabinet minister said Wednesday, predicting U.S. assent could come within months.Russia, Damascus' big-power ally, has long insisted that Syria's territorial integrity should be restored – a position implicitly requiring an eventual return of the part of the Golan occupied by Israel.Katz, however, played down any prospect of a blow-up between Moscow and Washington, casting the proposed U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan as a piece of a larger Syria mosaic.With Syrian President Bashar Assad beating back the insurgency against him, now could be the opportunity for Assad and Russia to show the Iranians out, Katz said.
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