FULL TEXT: Trump's Proclamation Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

On Monday, the U.S. president signed a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold up a Golan Heights proclamation outside the West Wing after a meeting in the the White House March 25, 2019.
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U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Monday a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his side. 

The proclamation begins with an overview of the Golan Heights and its relationship with Israel, claiming that the area is a "potential launching ground for attacks on Israel," and continues with Trump proclaiming Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Trump signs Golan Heights decree

The full text reads as follows: 

RECOGNIZING THE GOLAN HEIGHTS AS PART OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

    The State of Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats.  Today, aggressive acts by Iran and terrorist groups, including Hizballah, in southern Syria continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks on Israel.  Any possible future peace agreement in the region must account for Israel's need to protect itself from Syria and other regional threats.  Based on these unique circumstances, it is therefore appropriate to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim that, the United States recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

DONALD J. TRUMP

President Donald Trump, front, signs a proclamation in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019.
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