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Biden Administration Mulling Overturn Decision To Recognize Golan Heights As Israeli Territoryhttps://southfront.org/biden-administration-mulling-overturn-decision-to-recognize-golan-heights-as-israeli-territory/ – “The Biden Administration is mulling whether to retract the recognition of occupied Golan Heights as part of Israeli territory… The Washington Free Beacon cited an unnamed US State Department spokesman who said that the new administration was considering overturning former US President Donald Trump’s decision… The State Department official said the territory was not part of any state and control of the area was dependent on the shifting dynamics of the region… Back in February, asked if his State Department would maintain the Trump administration’s position, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN: ‘As a practical matter, the control of the Golan in that situation I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security. 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 secretary was clear that, as a practical matter, the Golan is very important to Israel’s security. As long as [Bashar al-Assad] is in power in Syria, as long as Iran is present in Syria, militia groups backed by Iran, the Assad regime itself—all of these pose a significant security threat to Israel, and as a practical matter, the control of the Golan remains of real importance to Israel’s security,’ the State Department official told the Free Beacon.”

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