Democrats join Republicans in bipartisan effort supporting Israeli sovereignty on Golan

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Top Democrats voice support for Israeli sovereignty on Golan
by Ariel Kahana
January 27, 2019

U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights got a significant boost over the weekend after a senior Democrat joined prominent Republicans in this effort. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, told Jewish Insider over the weekend that “Israel should maintain control of the Golan Heights.”…In December a draft resolution calling on the U.S. government to recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights was unveiled in the Senate. The draft resolution was introduced by pro-Israel Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton…Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) has also expressed support for recognition. READ MORE

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