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U.S. recognition of Israeli Golan Heights claim would raise hopes, pose risks

 Israeli soldier is seen next to a signs pointing out distance to different cities on Mount Bental next to the Syrian border on May 10, 2018 in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.
Israeli soldier next to the Syrian border on May 10, 2018, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Photo: Lior Mizrahi via Getty Images

Israeli officials are actively lobbying the Trump administration to formally recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, according to reports from. Since Israel captured the Golan Heights plateau from Syria in the 1967 War, every subsequent attempt to negotiate peace between the two countries has revolved around the land's return.

Why it matters: While it is virtually unimaginable that Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights, formal U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty would cement that reality, slaying another sacred cow of Middle East diplomacy while changing little on the ground. It would also be another political win for Prime Minister Netanyahu, already celebrating President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal and the U.S. embassy's move to Jerusalem.