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A July 17, 2018, hearing in the United States House of Representatives considered the possibility of Washington recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967 .If Trump takes this advice, he would inadvertently hand an unearned victory to Iran, the Assad regime and Russia.The Golan Heights figured prominently in the Israeli-Syrian "war of inches" between the armistice of 1949 and the war of June 1967 . At stake was the control of a three-part demilitarized zone below and to the west of the Golan Heights in the Jordan River Valley. Shooting incidents in the Jordan Valley often escalated to Syrian artillery attacks from the Golan Heights and Israeli airstrikes on Syrian positions there.Forty-four years later, Assad's son would take a giant step toward losing the Golan Heights for Syria permanently.Nearly all Syrians – including those who oppose Assad strenuously and who are thankful for Israeli humanitarian assistance to terrified Syrian civilians in the country's southwest – believe that the Golan is Syrian and should someday revert entirely to Syria.Yes, I do think it is likely that the Assad family has lost the Golan forever.
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