Rohani Says Iran Will 'Resist' Trump's Golan Recognition

'Trump's decision is trampling on international regulations about the Golan,' President Rohani says

File Photo: Iranian President Hassan Rohani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala, Iraq, March 12, 2019.
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Iran's president said Friday his country will resist the Trump administration's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Hassan Rohani said President Donald Trump's decision this week is "trampling on international regulations about the Golan," adding "Iranians too should resist and that way gain victory" over the U.S. and Israel.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday the U.S. decision is a reminder to Arab and Muslim countries that U.S. and Israel "will steal your lands."

On Monday, Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to sign a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, thus formalizing a move announced with a tweet earlier on Thursday. 

Netanyahu called Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights "historic justice" and a "diplomatic victory," saying that "Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of defense."

Israel seized the Golan in the 1967 Six-Day war after Syria had for years used the strategic plateau to shell northern Israel. Syria and many Arab states have denounced Trump's move.

Iran doesn't recognize Israel and supports Syria and anti-Israeli terror groups like Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday released a statement on behalf of all 28 union states saying the EU "does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights." 

"The position of the European Union as regards the status of the Golan Heights has not changed. In line with the international law and UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 497, the European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights," the statement said.