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Rose, Gregory, ‘Legal Considerations concerning Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights’ (2020) 27 Australian International Law Journal 185


The United States of America, on 25 March 2019 under the administration of President Trump, formally recognised Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.1 Under President Biden, the State Department signalled continuing support for Israeli de facto control and recognition of sovereignty but that the latter could be reviewed if there were to be a change in the threat situation from Syria.2 There has been little legal analysis of the international legal status of the Golan Heights, lost by Syria to Israel in June 1967, and this article evaluates de jure recognition of Israeli sovereignty there.