US envoy tweets photo of new US official map with Golan as part of Israel; Greenblatt: Welcome to the newest addition of our international maps system after POTUS issued a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The Trump Administration on Tuesday revealed the United States’ new government map of Israel which now includes the Golan Heights. US special envoy to Israel, Jason Greenblatt, shared a photo of the map on Twitter, congratulating the achievement under Trump’s Administration. He stated, “Welcome to the newest addition of our international maps system after POTUS issued a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
The West Bank is listed as occupied, however, the map notes the borders are to be decided through negotiations. It states, “The West Bank is Israeli occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement; permanent status to be determined through further negotiations.” It lists the Gaza Strip as “The status of the Gaza Strip is a final status issue to be solved through negotiations.” On Jerusalem, it reads, “The United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017 without taking a position on the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty.”
Less than a month ago, President Trump signed an executive order officially recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in Washington DC alongside Prime Minister Netanyahu. At the time, President Trump highlighted the historic efforts and accomplishments for Israel under his administration, stating “At this moment the American embassy stands proudly in Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people… They [Israel] wanted the embassy for many, many years… we got it done.” He referred to Israel as an “an inspiration, a trusted ally and a cherished friend,” reassuring that the “United States will always stand by its side.”
The United States has been condemned globally for recognizing the Golan Heights, the United Nations Security Council’s 14 member states, China, France, Russia, the UK, as well as the rotating seats of Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa, rejecting the recognition shortly after it was made. The body called for adherence to the 1974 Disengagement Agreement and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (peacekeeping forces in Syria, UNDOF).
Photo: Jason Greenblatt Twitter, 2019.