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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they meet in the Oval Office of the White House March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The prime minister is on an official visit to the US until the end of the week. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
  • US President Donald Trump on Thursday said it's time for the US to recognise the Golan Heights, one of the globe's most disputed territories, as part of Israel.
  • Trump tweeted, "After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"
  • This comes just a few weeks before national elections in Israel, but Trump has denied doing this to boost Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - one of his top global allies - in his bid for reelection.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said it's time for the US to "fully recognize" Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, breaking a precedent set by nine previous administrations.

Trump tweeted, "After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

Israeli troops seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967, and it annexed the territory in 1981.

Today, it's considered one of the most disputed territories in the world, as much of the international community views Israel's presence there as an illegal occupation.

By pushing for the US to recognise Israel's sovereignty, Trump is once again undermining the rest of the world - including US allies - much like his decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there.

Trump's big announcement comes just a few weeks before Israel's national elections, when his political ally Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes to be reelected.

But there's not a clear timeline in place for Trump to formally recognise the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from INSIDER.

Netanyahu is already celebrating the matter as if it is settled.

"At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights," the Israeli leader tweeted on Thursday. "Thank you President Trump!"

Trump has rejected the notion he's moving to recognise Golan Heights as part of Israel to boost Netanyahu's chances of winning the election.

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