‘Israel has never had a better friend than you’

The White House • March 25, 2019

President Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House this afternoon, building on America’s friendship with the Jewish State and officially recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“Today I am taking historic action to promote Israel’s ability to defend itself and really to have a very powerful, very strong national security, which they’re entitled to have,” President Trump said before the signing the Proclamation today.

Recognizing Golan Heights as a part of the State of Israel is crucial to securing its future—especially protection from aggressive acts by Iran and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah. With today’s signing, America sends a message that any future peace agreement in the Middle East must account for Israel’s need to protect itself—no exceptions.

“Mr. President, over the years, Israel has been blessed to have many friends who sat in the Oval Office, but Israel has never had a better friend than you,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said today.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim that, the United States recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.


Watch: Prime Minister Netanyahu joins President Trump at the podium

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