U.S. drops reference to 'Israeli-occupied' Golan Heights in annual rights report

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(Worthy News) - The U.S. State Department changed its usual description of the Golan Heights from 'Israeli-occupied' to 'Israeli-controlled' in an annual global human rights report released on Wednesday.

The move came amid intensified efforts by Israel to win U.S. recognition of its claim to sovereignty over the strategic plateau it captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and effectively annexed in 1981, a step not recognized internationally.

There was no immediate comment from Israeli leaders on the U.S. terminology change, which stopped short of a formal declaration accepting the territorial claim. [ Source: Reuters (Read More...) ]

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