In first, US publishes official map with Golan Heights as part of Israel

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Part of a map published by the U.S. on Tuesday that shows the Golan Heights as Israeli territory | Photo: Twitter

U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, posts the updated map of Israel to his Twitter page. Greenblatt also urges patience before unveiling of Trump administration’s peace plan, says: “We kindly suggest a stop to the guessing games.”

by  Yoni Hersch and Israel Hayom Staff  Published on  2019-04-17 08:09 Last modified: 2019-04-17 08:14

Amid swirling speculation about the Trump administration’s so-called “deal of the century” for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, on Tuesday urged patience before its unveiling.

“Jared [Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law] & I sincerely appreciate all of the interest in our peace efforts over the past 2 yrs. But, we’re not going to reveal details of the plan ahead of time. [Continued] speculation doesn’t help anyone & harms the effort. We kindly suggest a stop to the guessing games,” Greenblatt said on Twitter.

The administration, meanwhile, also updated its official international maps to include for the first time the Golan Heights as part of Israel.

“Welcome to the newest addition of our international maps system after @POTUS issued a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Greenblatt tweeted.

Several weeks ago, Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights, which was liberated by Israel from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

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