A New Horizon in U.S.-Israel Relations: From an American Embassy in Jerusalem to Potential Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights

Subcommittee on National Security
Subcommittee on National Security
Hearing Date: July 17, 2018 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To discuss the potential for American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in furtherance of U.S. national security interests.
BACKGROUND:
  • The Golan Heights is a strategically significant region located along the Israel-Syria border. In 1981, Israel permanently brought the Golan Heights under its law, jurisdiction, and administration.
  • In February 2017, Israel’s Prime Minister requested the United States recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
  • In May 2018, Iranian forces attacked Israel in the Golan Heights by firing rockets from Syria. The Administration responded by issuing a statement in support of Israel.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Michael Doran, Ph.D. Senior Fellow Hudson Institute Document
Ambassador Dore Gold, Ph.D. President Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Document
Eugene Kontorovich Professor Northwestern University School of Law Document
Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Ph.D. S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Princeton University Document
Mr. Morton Klein President Zionist Organization of America Document