Israel pushes US to accept claim over occupied Golan

                              By Said Amouri</p>  <p>JERUSALEM (AA) – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the U.S. to recognize what he called Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.</p>  <p>&quot;The time has come for the United States to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,&quot; Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was visiting Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to media reports.</p>  <p>Last week Netanyahu claimed he had discovered work to establish a military base along the Golan Heights’ borders.</p>  <p>&quot;Only last week we exposed Hezbollah's efforts, backed by Iranian funding, to establish a military base in Syria on the border of the Golan Heights,&quot; the Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying.</p>  <p>&quot;I think that for this and other reasons it is time for the U.S. to recognize Israel's presence in the Golan, which officially belongs to Israel,&quot; he claimed.

Pompeo did not respond to Netanyahu's suggestion, said the Jerusalem Post.

Pompeo and Netanyahu attended a meeting in Jerusalem with leaders from the Greek Cypriot administration and Greece on building a 2,000-kilometer gas pipeline planned to link vast eastern Mediterranean gas resources to Europe via a $7 billion project.

Pompeo’s visit to Jerusalem comes as part of a Mideast tour including Kuwait and Lebanon.

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