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The Latest: Israel calls on US to recognize rule over Golan

The Latest: Israel calls on US to recognize rule over GolanJERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest developments from U.S. national security adviser John Bolton's trip to Israel (all times local):



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U.S. not discussing recognition of Israel's Golan hold: Bolton

U.S. not discussing recognition of Israel's Golan hold: BoltonIsrael captured much of the Golan from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it in a move not endorsed internationally. “I’ve heard the idea being suggested but there’s no discussion of it, no decision within the U.S. government,” Bolton told Reuters during a visit to Israel. “Obviously we understand the Israeli claim that it has annexed the Golan Heights – we understand their position – but there’s no change in the U.S. position for now.” Palestinians seek other territories that Israel occupied in 1967 – the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem – for a future state.



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Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

Russia to deploy military police on Golan HeightsBy Denis Pinchuk and Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian backers to entrench their troops close to the frontier. Underlining the tensions, Israel killed seven militants in an overnight air strike on the Syrian-held part of the Golan Heights, Israeli radio said on Thursday.



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Hezbollah says rocket attack on Israeli-occupied Golan marks 'new phase'

Hezbollah says rocket attack on Israeli-occupied Golan marks 'new phase'The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said on Monday a missile salvo into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights last week marked a new phase in the Syrian war and showed Damascus and its allies would not let Israeli attacks in Syria go unanswered. Israel has said the attack from Syrian territory was carried out by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, which set up Shi’ite Hezbollah in Lebanon in 1982. Iranian forces and Hezbollah have deployed to Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.



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Israel accuses Iranian forces of rocket attack on Golan

Israel accuses Iranian forces of rocket attack on GolanJERUSALEM (AP) — Iranian forces based in Syria fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights early Thursday, the Israeli military said, triggering a heavy Israeli reprisal and escalating already heightened tensions in what appeared to be the most serious violence in years.



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Swiss admit drone test bungle in Golan Heights

Swiss admit drone test bungle in Golan HeightsSwitzerland’s defense ministry has admitted sending staff to test reconnaissance drones in contested land held by Israel – an embarrassing blow for the neutral European country’s status as an honest broker in the Middle East. Swiss officials visited an airfield in the Golan Heights region on three occasions in 2012, 2013 and 2015 to monitor tests of the Israeli-built Hermes 900 aircraft that they are buying for $ 265 million. The visits, which lasted several days, took place in an area which Switzerland does not recognize as being part of Israel, which took the land from Syria following a 1967 war.



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Israeli plane hits Syrian army in latest Golan exchange

Israeli plane hits Syrian army in latest Golan exchangeAn Israeli warplane struck a Syrian army post on Friday, the Israeli military said, hours after stray fire from Syria’s civil war hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. “In response to the projectile launched earlier today at Israel from Syria, an Israel Air Force aircraft targeted the Syrian army position that fired the mortar,” the English-language Israeli statement said. Rebels recently launched an offensive against government forces in Quneitra on the Syrian side of the armistice line.



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Golan Druze march for Syrian independence day

Golan Druze march for Syrian independence dayHundreds of Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched Monday for Syrian independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting anti-Israel slogans. “God save Syria!” they shouted as they rallied in the town of Masada. Israeli officials say there are about 20,000 Druze on the strategic plateau seized by the Jewish state from neighbouring Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.



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