Marco Rubio, Brian Mast: Time for US to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty of Golan Heights

Two Florida Republicans–U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast–are backing a proposal ensuring the U.S. recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Rubio is backing the proposal which was introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, while Mast is supporting a bill from U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc.

“The United States has been committed for over 40 years to ensuring Israel’s security from attacks emanating from across the Golan Heights. The threat Iran poses to America and Israel requires acknowledging the reality of Israel’s control over the territory as a matter of national security,” the senators and representatives backing the bill insist.

The backers of the proposal left no room for doubt that they are backing the proposal thanks in part to concerns about the Syrian regime.

“It is in the United States national security interest to ensure that Israel retains control of the Golan Heights [and that] the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad faces diplomatic and geopolitical consequences for its killing of civilians, the ethnic cleansing of Arab Sunnis, and the use of weapons of mass destruction,” the bill states.

Other backers include U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Kevin Cramer, R-ND, and Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Republican U.S. Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, Ted Budd and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin of New York and Jody Hice of Georgia.

Under Israeli control since the Six Days War in 1967, the Golan Heights offer a strong miliary advantage to whoever controls it. Most countries–including the United States–recognize the Golan Heights as part of Syria.


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  1. Thank you for standing your ground guys. We should never turn our back away from Israel. There are several of your constituents still out here that believe the United States is bound by the word of GOD to support Israel. You must stand united against the socialist democratic movement that is responsible for the current hard decline in democracy we are seeing.

  2. Thank you for protecting Isreal and standing up for her. You are really a great fighter for human rights and of cause animal rights and many other rights. Please keep up the hard work

  3. Thanks so much.. God is with you in your decision to stand with Israel .. We love that little country that stands in the middle of the earth,, It is Gods country.. God tells us in the Bible that those who stand by Israel with be blessed by Him.. America really need His blessing right now..
    Love you guys… Keep working for America and don’t be disturbed by those that want America to become a socialist country..

  4. Thank you. Keep up the hard work. If the United State of America doesn’t continue to stand with Israel we are in deep stuff.

  5. Do we have the right to redraw boundaries of other countries?. The UN has long since ruled this cannot be done, but since you are an avid supporter if Israel, you agree. However, Palestinians are waiting over 70 years to receive their land. You might also review the water situation in Palestine, since you are so gung-ho about Florida’s water.


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