State Dept. to change maps showing Golan Heights as part of Israel

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:13 AM PT — Thursday, March 28, 2019

The State Department is set to redraw its officials maps to show Golan Heights as Israeli territory. The upcoming changes will reflect President Trump’s proclamation released earlier this week to recognize Golan Heights as part of Israel.

The region was captured by Israel from Syria in 1967 and seized in 1981.

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, a herd of cows graze near Moshav Keshet in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday, March 25, 2019 recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

“As we said yesterday, to allow the Golan Heights to be controlled by the likes of the Syrian and Iranian regimes would turn a blind eye to the threats emanating from a Syrian regime that engages in atrocities and from Iran and terrorist actors, including Hezbollah, seeking to use the Golan Heights as a launching ground for attacks on Israel.” — Rodney Hunter, political coordinator – U.S. mission to UN

U.S. officials are saying the recognition of Golan Heights will boost Israel’s ability to defend itself.

According to State Department officials, the new maps will be released as soon as they’re ready.

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