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US senators urge issuing passports recognizing Golan Heights as Israel

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Now that the U.S. officially recognizes the Golan Heights as part of Israel, 10 Republican senators are urging the administration to issue passports to citizens born there, with Israel listed as the birthplace.

By World Israel News Staff

Last month, standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, U.S President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The president said it was time for the U.S. to take the step after 52 years of Israeli control of the strategic highlands on the border with Syria.

As a result, CNS News reported, the updated State Department manual states that “U.S. policy recognizes the Golan Heights as part of Israel. The Place of Birth for applicants born in the Golan Heights is Israel.”

Indeed, on Tuesday, the Trump administration’s special envoy for Middle East negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, released an updated map of Israel that now includes the Golan Heights.

In the wake of this development, a group of 10 Republican senators sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday, “urging the administration to take necessary steps to fully implement the proclamation, such as directing the State Department to treat the Golan Heights as the State of Israel’s sovereign territory to issue passports to Americans born there,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

“The United States now recognizes the Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli soil,” said Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) in a statement, the Post added. “Our official documents, maps, regulations, and international agreements ought to reflect that historic fact. We stand ready to help the president implement his decision, which strengthens Israel’s capacity for self-defense against enemies like Iran and the terrorist forces who want to destroy it.”

“Deepening Israel’s sovereignty and control over the Golan Heights is in America’s national security interest,” added Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), according to the Post. “The president should be applauded for his decision to recognize the reality of that sovereignty, which he did over the objections of some in his administration who incorrectly predicted that it would cause unrest in the Middle East.

“Now it is imperative that all federal agencies implement the president’s decision, including by aligning the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual to reflect that it is United States policy that the Golan Heights is Israeli territory.”

Policy towards Jerusalem ‘unchanged’
According to the State Department, however, the policy toward the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), Gaza and Jerusalem remains unchanged and recognizes these territories as “territories whose final status must be determined by negotiations.”

A case involving U.S. citizen Menachem Zivotofsky, born in Shaare Zedek hospital in western Jerusalem, has been ongoing since his parents filed a suit against the State Department in 2003 because “Jerusalem,” rather than “Israel,” was listed on his passport as his place of birth. In June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3 that the president has exclusive power to decide which country to recognize as sovereign in a given territory.

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Lewins expressed hope that the policy would be reversed.

现在美国正式承认戈兰高地是以色列的一部分,10名共和党参议员敦促政府向在那里出生的公民发放护照,以色列被列为出生地。

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上个月,美国总统唐纳德·特朗普在白宫与以色列总理本雅明·内塔尼亚胡站在一起,签署了一项公告,承认以色列对戈兰高地的主权。

总统说,在以色列控制了与叙利亚接壤的战略高地52年之后,现在是美国采取这一步骤的时候了。

因此,CNS新闻报道,更新后的国务院手册指出“美国政策承认戈兰高地是以色列的一部分。出生在戈兰高地的申请人的出生地是以色列。“

事实上,周二,特朗普政府的中东谈判特使杰森格林布莱特发布了一份更新的以色列地图,现在包括戈兰高地。

在这一事态发展之后,一群10名共和党参议员星期三致函特朗普总统,“敦促政府采取必要措施,全面落实宣言,例如指示国务院将戈兰高地视为国家以色列的主权领土向在那里出生的美国人发放护照,“耶路撒冷邮报报道。

“美国现在承认戈兰高地是以色列的主权土地,”参议员汤姆·科顿(R-Arkansas)在一份声明中表示,“邮报”补充说。 “我们的官方文件,地图,法规和国际协议应该反映这一历史事实。我们随时准备帮助总统执行他的决定,这加强了以色列对伊朗等敌人和想要摧毁它的恐怖势力进行自卫的能力。“

据邮报称,“深化以色列对戈兰高地的主权和控制符合美国的国家安全利益”,参议员特德克鲁兹(R-Texas)补充道。总统应该为他决定承认这一主权的现实而受到称赞,他对其政府中某些人的反对,做了错误的预测,这会引起中东地区的动荡。

“现在所有联邦机构必须执行总统的决定,包括调整国务院的”外交手册“,以反映美国的政策,即戈兰高地是以色列的领土。”

对耶路撒冷的政策“不变”
然而,据国务院称,对西岸(犹太和撒玛利亚),加沙和耶路撒冷的政策保持不变,并承认这些领土是“最终地位必须通过谈判确定的领土”。

出生于耶路撒冷西部Shaare Zedek医院的美国公民Menachem Zivotofsky的案件一直在进行,因为他的父母在2003年向国务院提起诉讼,因为“耶路撒冷”而不是“以色列”在他的护照上被列为他的出生地。 2015年6月,最高法院以6-3裁定总统拥有独家权力来决定哪个国家在特定领土内承认为主权。

在唐纳德特朗普总统于12月6日承认耶路撒冷为以色列首都之后,Lewins表示希望该政策能够扭转。

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