Trump's statement on Golan may have serious consequences

Trump's Golan Heights tweet appeals to recognize Golan as Israeli territory. According to RISS expert Vladimir Fitin, this statement may spark global controversy. "We have already seen the consequences of Trump's previous statement on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel: protests, clashes and even victims on the border between Gaza and Israel," he recalled.

In expert's opinion, such presidential actions may increase chances of winning of the current Prime Minister B.Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections. It is believed that the United States took such a pro-Israel position thanks to him. Some people consider Trump's statement as a reaction to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's unexpected visit to Iran, where he met supreme leader Khamenei, the first Iranian military official General Soleimani, and the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah S.Nasrallah. The US administration believes that this may lead to the creation of a united front and even become an opportunity to incorporate Lebanon into Syria. Neither the US nor Israel will accept this.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that America wouldn't allow Lebanon's shift toward Syria. He warns that if this happens, Washington will impose sanctions and block the Lebanese financial system. "Trump is like a bull in a China shop. He doesn't think about the consequences. But the consequences may be very serious," RISS expert pointed out.

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