While Washington boasts about an unprecedented strength of relations with Tel Aviv, Israel is reportedly seeking to seize the moment to secure recognition for its sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
"We now have the best US-Israeli relationship in our history," US National Security Advisor John Bolton said during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also said that Washington is "determined" to keep it that way because the two nations need a "strong bond" and "strong leadership" in increasingly tumultuous times for security.
With @AmbJohnBolton this eve. Tomorrow, if weather permits, we’ll go up to the Golan Heights, an area that is tremendously important for Israel’s security. Israel will never leave the Golan Heights. It is important that all countries recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan. pic.twitter.com/dbioDAzI7c
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 6, 2019
Washington will do its best to provide security for Israel and its other "friends in the region," Bolton told Netanyahu. "I would just say to any nation whether in this region or not in this region that has any doubt about America's support for Israel's self-defense: You'd better think about it again," he said.
The US has recently gone to extraordinary lengths to assure Tel Aviv of its continuous support. Less than a week ago, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed to Netanyahu that the US would stand by Israel's side and that its commitment to the "protection" of the Jewish state remains unchanged despite its planned withdrawal from neighboring Syria.'
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