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US to update maps to display Golan as belonging to Israel

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said the maps are being officially redrawn and will be made available “as soon as they are ready.”

An old Israeli tank with a flag overlooking the Syrian town of Quneitra in the Golan Heights on Feb. 11, 2018. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.
An old Israeli tank with a flag overlooking the Syrian town of Quneitra in the Golan Heights on Feb. 11, 2018. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday that it will update its maps to reflect the Trump administration’s move this week to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

A department spokesperson told Voice of America that the map modifications would be “consistent” with the proclamation the president signed on Monday, remarking that the United States “recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel.”

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told VOA that Foggy Bottom would “redraw” official maps and make them available “as soon as they are ready.”

The editing, said Hook, reflects reality and a “need for Israel to have secure and defensible borders.”

Last week, Trump posted on Twitter that he would make that recognition.

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” he tweeted.

Israel took control of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War.

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