Pompeo's visit with Netanyahu was the first by such a high-ranking American official.
Kontorovich, who has advised senior members of the USA administration on the Golan Heights, praised what he described as Trump's courage. Days later the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution that condemned the move, adding to its resolution 242 of 1967 that called for the removal of Israeli forces from its recently conquered territory during the Six-Day War.
Trump's announcement sparked fears that U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan may lead to Israel's annexation of parts of the Palestinian West Bank, if not the entire territory, with U.S. support.
The U.S. will be the first country to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, which the rest of the worldwide community regards as disputed territory occupied by Israel whose status should be determined by negotiations between Israel and Syria.
"You can imagine what would have happened if Israel were not in the Golan", Netanyahu told Pompeo. Palestinian leaders, who broke off contact with Washington after the recognition of Jerusalem by Trump, say they expect the plan to be blatantly biased in favor of Israel.
Netanyahu, a conservative leader who is now facing the threat of indictment for bribery and three counts of breach of trust, has a tough election coming up in early April. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas were joined by Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin as the lawmakers introduced bills in both chambers that would establish Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights as official US policy.
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He recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and the Trump administration moved the US embassy to Jerusalem in May.
"I am pleased with President Trump's recognition of Israel's valid, legitimate and necessary claim over the Golan Heights", Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel and president of Christians in Defense of Israel, said in a statement. "Until then, premature U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan is a needlessly provocative move that violates worldwide law and does not enhance Israeli security". "It's very rare for a secretary of state to come visit an Israeli prime minister without any apparent diplomatic reason justifying it, without a peace process, without any regional agenda".
Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, also praised Trump's declaration.
"At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights", Netanyahu tweeted.
In a tweet Thursday, Trump said that after 52 years, it's important for the United States for fully recognize Israel's control over what he says is an area of "critical strategic and security importance to Israel" and stability in the region.
Indeed, the USA president has recently called on Jewish-Americans to abandon the Democratic Party, pointing to his own staunchly pro-Israel policies, including moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.
Awad drew a link between Trump's domestic policies against immigrants and Muslims, and Netanyahu's foreign policy.
Israel approved a controversial nation-state law previous year, which says that the country is "unique to the Jewish people".
Running for reelection under threat of indictment for corruption, Netanyahu is widely believed to be hoping that such strong United States diplomatic backing will help push him over the finish line.
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