On February 8, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared that the Biden administration is now more endorsing the Trump administration’s recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel. However, he noted that the territory was important for Israel’s security and Washington in fact supports its control by Israel.
“As a practical matter, the control of the Golan in that situation I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security,” Blinken told CNN. “Legal questions are something else and over time if the situation were to change in Syria, that’s something we look at, but we are nowhere near that.”
The US officiall added that the Syrian government as well as the presence of Iranian-backed forces pose a ‘significant security threat’ to Israel.
Secy. of State Antony Blinken on whether the US will continue to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights: "Leaving aside the legalities of that question, as a practical matter, the Golan is very important to Israel's security as long as Assad is in power in Syria" pic.twitter.com/yHQBr7FvgP
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) February 9, 2021
Therefore, the Biden administration seems to turn back from the formal rhetoric of the previous US leadership towards the situation, but this does not mean that any practical steps in the field will be taken.
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