Golan Heights recognition by the US

– The timing couldn’t be better

Israeli news channel broadcasting U.S. President Trump's signing of the proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights

Recognition of the Golan Heights couldn’t have come at a better time for the embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose many criminal allegations have been the main source of chatter among Israelis, since the news of his indictment came out, casting grave doubt as to whether he’d be able to hold on to his post with Israeli elections only weeks away.

But all that changed Monday when U.S. President Donald Trump declared and signed a proclamation to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Here’s a small background of why this is significant.

It was just 52 years ago at the end of the 1967 Six Day War that the region came under Israeli control where Syrian Arabs comprised most of the area’s inhabitants. Although many subsequent pursuits were made by Syria to retake that coveted piece of land, attempts never proved to be successful.