Iraqi lawmaker slams Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on, Washington, D.C., March 25, 2019.AP/Susan Walsh

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi parliamentarian has slammed a decree signed by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which was seized from Syria by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website on Monday, MP Ali al-Ghanmi warned that the decree “endangers Arab, national and Islamic security,” stressing that the Iraqi people, parliament and government totally reject Trump’s proclamation.

Describing Trump’s term in office as “a golden era for Israel,” al-Ghanmi called on all Arab and Islamic nations to stand up to Israel’s expansion plans in the region.

Trump had signed the decree after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the day.

In a joint press conference, Trump said: “We do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning north of Tel Aviv,” adding: “Our relationship is powerful.”

Trump then said: “We will confront the poison of anti-Semitism.”

Netanyahu called Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights “historic justice” and a “diplomatic victory,” saying that “Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of defense.”

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