Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visit Israeli-occupied Golan Heights [File: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters]
The United States no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an “Israeli-occupied” territory in its latest annual human rights report, published on Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn’t mean a policy change.
The report now calls the area the “Israeli-controlled Golan Heights”.
When asked about the change on such a sensitive Middle East subject, a senior US official told reporters in Washington “there’s no change in our outlook or our policy vis-a-vis these territories and the need for a negotiated settlement there”.
“This, by the way, is not a human rights issue, it’s a