Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit also criticized the American stance, saying it 'comes outside the worldwide legitimacy and no country, no matter how important it is, can make such a decision'. The 2018 State Department report on human rights practices referred to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-controlled" area, instead of "occupied territory" as it had been described in the past.
The United States would continue to use "all peaceful means" to choke off financing that "feeds Iran and Hezbollah terror operations", he said, pointing to "smuggling, criminal networks and the misuse of government positions".
The U.N. Security Council resolution 497, issued after the annexation, refers to Israel as "the occupying power" and says Israel's attempt to 'impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without worldwide legal effect'.
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed the territory, a move not recognized by the us or the global community. Identical bills in the Senate and House introduced by Cruz and Gallagher would also include the Golan Heights as part of Israel in any spending and trade bills while greenlighting joint scientific, industrial and agricultural projects in the occupied territory.
Syria has condemned as "irresponsible" US President Donald Trump's comments that it was time to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.
"Given current political and security circumstances in Syria, we have said it was inconceivable to imagine Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights".
Hezbollah's al-Manar television reported in its afternoon news broadcast that Pompeo was in Beirut "to incite Lebanese against each other".
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A combined total of 181 Electoral Votes have committed to the pact with the addition of Colorado last week. Only Maine and Nebraska allot electoral votes according to who wins the states' congressional districts.
Iran, Syria's regional ally and arch-rival of Israel, branded the move as "illegal".
As the Times of Israel notes, it's not the first such message coming from the United States to Israel about China.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of attempting to launch attacks on Israel from the Golan Heights, saying, "I think for this reason and many more, it is time that the global community recognizes Israel's stay on the Golan, and the fact that the Golan will always remain part of the State of Israel". Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war.
Israel, the closest US ally in the Middle East, regards Iran as its biggest threat and Hezbollah as the main danger on its borders. Acknowledging the significance of the US Secretary of State participating in the summit, the prime minister went on to say that, "It symbolizes the fact that the US supports this regional effort".
Appearing to give an upbeat assessment of USA mediation efforts to resolve a maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel, Bassil said Beirut had an opportunity to recover its rights with a "political and diplomatic victory".
Plans for the trip were announced during Netanyahu's meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday in Jerusalem.
Pompeo was hosted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who praised the decision to recognize the Golan as a "miracle" during the week Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Purim.
Netanyahu will address AIPAC's annual conference during his visit to Washington next week.
"He [Trump] is clearly doing this to help his friend Benjamin Netanyahu with his really hard re-election campaign amid allegations of corruption", Jim Jatras, a former United States diplomat, told RT.