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Netanyahu hails Trump's 'historic' pledge on Golan sovereignty

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Israeli on Thursday welcomed US Donald Trump's "historic" pledge to recognise Israel's disputed of the Golan Heights, which it seized from in 1967.

"At a time when seeks to use as a platform to destroy Israel, Trump boldly recognises Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights," he wrote on his personal account. "Thank you Trump!" Trump's statement of intent on the strategic plateau seized in the Six-Day War came after US

visited and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Netanyahu at the in the city's Israeli-annexed eastern sector.

It was the first time such a had visited the highly sensitive site in the Old City, part of the mainly Palestinian east of Jerusalem, alongside an Israeli

Both US gestures serve to boost Netanyahu's campaign for a fifth term, less than three weeks before Israel's April 9 elections.

Netanyahu's office said he had spoken to Trump by phone and thanked him personally for his decision, telling him: "You made history." Netanyahu has been pushing for the to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, and Trump tweeted Thursday that "it is time" to do so.

Pompeo's visit with the to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, could be taken as tacit approval of Israel's sovereignty over the city's eastern sector, which is claimed by the Palestinians.

sees the entire city as its undivided capital.

Although the Palestinians make no territorial claim to the Golan, slammed Israel's rule over the 1,200 square kilometre (460 square mile) swathe it took from

"(Trump's) policy does not change international law, which considers the Golan and all of the Palestinian land occupied in 1967 to be occupied Arab land," he told AFP. "It will stay like that despite all the attempts of the (Israeli) occupation and the American support for it.

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First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 00:50 IST