U.S. Senate Pushes Pompeo to Explain Legal Basis for Golan Annexation. He Doesn’t
Pompeo told a Senate hearing he would later provide legal explanation for how annexation of Golan Heights was different from Crimea. The statement he released failed to do so
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was grilled by U.S. senators during a hearing Tuesday to explain how annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel and that of Crimea by Russia are different.
Pompeo claimed there was a body of international law underpinning Trump’s recognition of Israeli annexation and, that while he could not explain at the moment, he would at a later date.
“There is international law doctrine on this very point. We don’t have time to go through it today. But [I’m] happy to have a team go over and walk you through that element of international law,” Pompeo told a Senate appropriations subcommittee.
Trump signed a proclamation during Netanyahu’s visit to Washington on March 25, officially granting U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, a dramatic departure from decades of American policy.
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