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H.R. 1372: To clarify that it is United States policy to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 26, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1372

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 26, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Mast, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Banks, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Cole, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Perry, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Green of Tennessee, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Budd, and Mr. Hice of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To clarify that it is United States policy to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—

1.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

On September 1, 1975, President Gerald Ford provided a diplomatic assurance to Israel that the U.S. will support the position that an overall settlement with Syria in the framework of a peace agreement must assure Israel’s security from attack from the Golan Heights [and] it will give great weight to Israel’s position that any peace agreement with Syria must be predicated on Israel remaining on the Golan Heights.

(2)

In October 1991, Secretary of State James Baker provided a diplomatic assurance to Israel that the United States continues to stand behind the assurance given by President Ford to Prime Minister Rabin on September 1, 1975.

(3)

Iran has used the war in Syria to establish a long-term military presence in the Levant, to attack Israel from across the Golan Heights, and to create territorial corridors that allow it to provide arms to its troops and terrorist proxies.

2.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

Israel’s security from attacks from Syria and Lebanon cannot be assured without Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights;

(2)

in light of new realities on the ground, including Iran’s presence in Syria—

(A)

it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of a peace agreement between Israel and Syria will be an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights; and

(B)

it is realistic to expect that any peace agreement between Israel and Syria will only be achieved on the basis of Israel remaining on the Golan Heights; and

(3)

it is in the United States national security interest to ensure that—

(A)

Israel retains control of the Golan Heights; and

(B)

the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad faces diplomatic and geopolitical consequences for its killing of civilians, the ethnic cleansing of Arab Sunnis, and the use of weapons of mass destruction.

3.

Statement of United States policy

It shall be the policy of the United States—

(1)

to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights; and

(2)

to promote and conduct joint projects with Israel on the Golan Heights, including projects—

(A)

in basic and applied scientific fields;

(B)

in industrial research and development; and

(C)

in strategic and applied research of agricultural problems.

4.

Rule of construction

Any reference to Israel in any existing or future Act of Congress relating to appropriations or foreign commerce, including customs and international trade, shall be interpreted to include the Golan Heights.