Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given a rare and unscheduled television interview to combat allegations of improper behavior from his rivals before April elections.
His main election opponent, former Israeli army chief of staff Benny Gantz, who is also in Washington this week to address AIPAC, has called for an investigation of the submarine affair.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Friday affirmed Jordan's unaltered stance on the Golan Heights, stressing they are occupied Syrian territory, as stipulated in all worldwide legitimacy resolutions that clearly ban the forceful annexation of land.
On Thursday, as Jews in Israel and around the world celebrated the holiday of Purim, Trump took to Twitter to announce: "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!"
Netanyahu has a "working meeting" at the White House on Monday and a dinner on Tuesday.
Although Trump professed no knowledge of the Israeli politics in play, Netanyahu's relationship with the U.S. president has always been a central feature of his campaign. The Jewish state officially annexed the Golan in 1981 and has maintained a buffer zone with Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
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President Trump had said at the time that Mr Kim had asked for the removal of all sanctions - which the USA could not agree to. This is seen as an attempt by the U.S.to punish China for allowing its companies to continue illegal trade with North Korea .
But they were biting at his heels as he arrived in Washington on Sunday.
Those steps angered Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem, also captured by Israel in 1967, as the capital of a state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Netanyahu, one of the few Trump allies left, is facing a hard re-election campaign.
Former prisoner Bishr al-Maqt also said that 'the Golan is a Syrian territory and could not be anything else despite expansionist and colonialist projects, ' and pointed out that Trump's statements are idiocy issued by a character of odd and irresponsible behavior. Gantz became a serious contender because many Israelis are fed up with Netanyahu, who has been in office for a decade and who faces indictment for corruption.
The decision has been criticized by many USA allies - Germany, Britain, France and the European Union have all said they still consider the Golan Heights to be "occupied" by Israel. The Golan Heights issue is expected to be on the agenda of the talks, along with security and intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United States, the situation in Syria and pressure on Iran.
"[Trump's statement about the Golan] will really help Netanyahu", said Billha Ketter, 67, an event planner, speaking to the Reuters news agency in Rosh Pina, which abuts the Golan Heights.