Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that the Golan as “of real importance to Israeli’s security” but held back from endorsing the Trump administration’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory. PM Binyamin Netanyahu later commented: “The Golan was and will remain part of Israel,”
Blinken went on to say “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.” He added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, as well as the presence of militia groups backed by Iran, pose a “significant security threat” to Israel.
Netanyahu went on to stress: “With an agreement, without an agreement, we are not coming down from the Golan. It will remain a sovereign part of the State of Israel.”