Turkey president says to file issue of Golan Heights to UN

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"We have never had such a bond between the prime minister of Israel and an American president".

"I have to smash the wave of lies spread by (Benny) Gantz and (Yair) Lapid and (Moshe) Yaalon and (Gabi) Ashkenazi", Netanyahu said of the leaders of the centrist Blue and White electoral alliance.

But Aaron David Miller of the nonpartisan Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who has advised Republican and Democratic White Houses, said Trump's Golan move was based on "pure and unadulterated domestic politics - helping Netanyahu get re-elected is great for Trump's politics; but it's not a compelling US national interest".

Trump broke longstanding worldwide consensus last week over the status of the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War, saying the USA should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau.

Although Trump professed no knowledge of the Israeli politics in play, Netanyahu's relationship with the United States president has always been a central feature of his campaign.

Israel annexed the Golan in 1981 in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

Trump's tweet was, however, only one of two boosts to Netanyahu's campaign from the White House the same day.

The decision is the latest major move in favour of Israel by Trump, who in 2017 recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as the country's capital.

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Israel regards the Golan as a strategic asset because its peaks overlook northern Israeli towns and southwest Syria, where battles from an eight-year civil war have raged in view, according to Reuters.

The prime minister said he will meet leaders of Congress during the visit.

"I wouldn't even know about that", Trump told Fox Business Network in an interview that aired Friday morning when asked about Netanyahu's political standing.

Before arriving in Washington on Sunday, Netanyahu said he would speak to Trump "about his historic declaration" on the Golan and "continued pressure on Iran" after the USA withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran that had relaxed sanctions on Israel's arch-foe.

He has instead been using his "Likud TV" internet broadcasts and social media as a means to spread his messages ahead of the April 9 general elections. Gantz became a serious contender because many Israelis are fed up with Netanyahu, who has been in office for a decade and who faces indictment for corruption.

For Trump, Netanyahu's embrace resonates with United States evangelists - a core constituency for the Republican leader, who is up for re-election in 2020.

Opinion polls gauging whether Trump's move is having an effect are expected later in the week.

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