Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly seeking US recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights due to the Syrian conflict.
The issue was allegedly discussed when the Israeli prime minister met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.
Press TV reports:
According to media reports, the Israeli PM said Washington should adopt a “different thinking” with regards to the issue in the face of the Syrian conflict.
An unnamed official told the Israeli media that Netanyahu believes that the conflict in Syria allows for a different view on the future status of the strategically important area, which the Tel Aviv regime occupied in 1981.
Sources close to the discussions say that Obama left the plea unanswered, and both leaders failed to elaborate on the matter with reporters.
Netanyahu also reportedly expressed doubt about the outcome of the Syrian peace talks between the world powers and different fractions involved in the long-standing conflict.
During the meeting, Netanyahu also clarified Israel’s purported red lines with regards to Syria.
“We won’t tolerate attacks from Syrian territory, we won’t allow Iran to open a front [against us] on the Golan Heights, and we will disrupt the transfer of deadly weaponry from Syria to Lebanon,” Netanyahu told Obama.
Earlier this week, Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, also urged Netanyahu “to ask for American recognition of full Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights through a presidential declaration and accompanying letter.”
Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 six-day war, which created an armistice line under Israeli military control. The regime then proceeded to unilaterally annex the lands, a move that has yet to be recognized internationally.
Coincidentally, a huge oil deposit was recently discovered in the occupied Golan Heights which is internationally recognized as Syrian territory. According to the media reports the oil has the potential to make Israel energy self-sufficient for decades.