Senior campaign official says Biden would keep Golan Heights recognition

November 3, 2020 by JNS
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Were former U.S. Vice President and current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to be elected, he would likely not reverse the U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a senior Biden campaign official told JNS.

View of the sunset in the border area between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights on Feb. 20, 2019. Photo by Maor Kinsbursky/Flash90.

When asked if Biden would maintain the recognition in March 2019 by U.S. President Donald Trump, the senior official said, “I don’t think a Biden administration would reverse that,” adding that “it was de facto recognized anyway. It was largely symbolic. It didn’t really change the calculus either by the United States or Israel or any of the neighbouring nations.”

Biden, who faces Trump on Nov. 3, has said that he would leave the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, despite disagreeing with its relocation from Tel Aviv in May 2018, five months after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


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