Dem Reps Signal Support for U.S. Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Yesterday we wrote about DMFI, the Democratic Majority for Israel. We're not going to get into whether this organization was created out of conviction or out of political expediency. But in other news, there are Democratic representatives who are willing to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Two Democratic lawmakers from New York signaled on Monday that they might support the United States officially recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

"The only thing the Golan has ever been used for by the Syrians is to bombard Israel," Rep. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) told Jewish Insider. "They can’t have that again. It’s unsafe."

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) said she would support U.S. recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the region if Democratic leadership is on board.

"If our leadership supports it, I don’t see what the problem is," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) said. "So I will be supporting it, but only if it goes through the [House Foreign Affairs Committee] and is supported by the committee."

There are some "ifs" and "maybes" involved, but at least they're heading in the right direction. Senate Republicans introduced just such a resolution last year. We at MJAC think there should be bipartisan support for recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan and for Israel in general. We welcome Democrats who feel the same way.