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.
“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.