Erdogan says Turkey will take issue of Golan Heights to United Nations


"President Trump will sign tomorrow in the presence of PM Netanyahu an order recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights", Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Israel passed legislation annexing the territory, but the rest of the world has not recognized the law.

Israel's foreign minister said the United States president will go one step further today when he welcomes Netanyahu - who is looking for an electoral boost ahead of April 9 parliamentary polls - to the White House.

Tel Aviv now receives 15 percent of its potable water from the region, after an unreasonable and highly inequitable distribution of the Jordan River system, according to a study by the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.

On videos and images of the protests, another participant, Haeil Sharaf, pointed out that 'from here we say the Golan is Arab and Syrian, and neither Trump nor any other person can decide its fate. A UNSC resolution declaring the imposition of Israel's law "in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights... null and void and without global legal effect" has not changed the situation on the ground, although the frontier has not seen major hostilities for more than 40 years. However, others believe in Syria's right to the Golan and even have Syrian citizenship. Netanyahu opposes any deal and has stepped up Israeli colonisation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem to make it impossible to create a Palestinian entity in these areas.

Trump had already fulfilled two major items on Netanyahu's wish list, recognizing contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017 and moving the American embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv last May.

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The prime minister is locked in a tough election fight with a centrist political alliance headed by former military chief Benny Gantz and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid.

The US leader later said that he had been mulling over the issue for a very long time and it was a hard decision for him. Gantz became a serious contender because many Israelis are fed up with Netanyahu, who has been in office for a decade and who faces indictment for corruption.

He has instead been using his "Likud TV" internet broadcasts and social media as a means to spread his messages ahead of the April 9 general elections.

"The IDF and Israel Police are preparing for the possibility of tension in the northern Golan Heights on both sides of the border", the IDF said on Saturday.

"(Trump's statement about the Golan) will really help Netanyahu", said Billha Ketter, 67, an event planner, speaking to Reuters in Rosh Pina, which abuts the Golan Heights.