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White House National Security Adviser John Bolton and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday that Israel will never leave the Golan Heights.

Speaking together with reporters at a joint news conference in Jerusalem after their meeting and prior to a working dinner at the Prime Minister’s Residence, Netanyahu told Bolton that America’s unequivocal backing of Israel at the United Nations is “deeply appreciated by all Israelis and all friends of Israel around the world.”


Netanyahu also noted that the United States has also backed Israel’s right to defend herself, “which we exercise constantly,” he said. “It’s important to know that we have the backing of our great friend and ally the United States of America.

“Tomorrow, if weather permits, we’ll go up to the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights is tremendously important for our security,” the prime minister said.

“I think that when you’re there you will be able to understand perfectly why we will never leave the Golan Heights and why it’s important that all countries recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“I’ve discussed this with the President and I hope that I have a chance to show this directly to you tomorrow on our visit. And if we can’t fly there I’ll say it again to you,” Netanyahu added.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.