Pres. Trump declares recognition of controversial territory as part of Israel

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - President Donald Trump announced that "it is time" for the U.S. to "fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty," over the controversial Golan Heights region.

The U.S. will be the first country to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which the rest of the international community regards as disputed territory occupied by Israel. (Source: Google Maps/MGN)

"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," read the president's full tweet.

Israel claimed annexation over that area at the conclusion of the Six-Day War of 1967, capturing it from Syria. However, that annexation has never been recognized by the international community. Instead, it is regarded as an illegally occupied territory.

Pres. Trump's declaration has sent a ripple through the international community, and it comes at a politically important time for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Gregory Gause is an regional expert for that area at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service. He joined First News at Four to discuss the implications of the president's announcement within U.S. borders and beyond.