'Give me a quickie' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:44 AM, April 08, 2019

'Give me a quickie'

Trump explains his Golan decision

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he made the controversial decision to recognize Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights after getting a quick history lesson during a conversation on a different subject. Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition gathering in Las Vegas, Trump said he made the snap decision during a discussion with his top Middle East peace advisers, including the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and son-in-law Jared Kushner. "I said, 'Fellows, do me a favor. Give me a little history, quick. Want to go fast. I got a lot of things I'm working on: China, North Korea. Give me a quickie," Trump said to laughter from the Las Vegas crowd. "I went - 'BING!' - it was done," Trump said on Saturday, describing the swiftness of his decision. "We make fast decisions. And we make good decisions." Israel captured the Golan in the 1967 war and annexed it in 1981 in a move not recognized internationally.

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