amaged by a pending indictment stemming from a corruption investigatio
n, it became increasingly clear that Trump would look to bolster one of his closest international partners.
Netanyahu in recent weeks had begun to renew his push for the US to recognize the Go
lan Heights as part of Israel. Earlier this month, he brought US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, to the Israeli-occupied territory, touting its strategic imp
ortance. Graham, a close ally of the President’s, promised Netanyahu he would personally lobby Trump to deliver.
The Israeli ambassador’s visit was a precursor to Trump’s announcement on Thursday, a sen
ior administration official told CNN. The Golan Heights recognition had been in the works for sev
eral weeks, the official said, and culminated in a series of meetings between the President and his senior staff this week.
US officials have offered no explanation as to w
hy Trump decided to take this step now, rather than wait until after Israel’s April 9 elections.
Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me,” Trump told the tabloid. “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one people voted on.”
Trump apologized in private to May, one of the rare times he‘s admitted wrong. And tho
ugh he’s expressed a desire to remain diplomatically impartial — “I think we will stay right in our lane,” he sa
id last week when questioned about Brexit — he has nevertheless bemoaned May’s handling of the issue over and over.
”I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said in the Oval Office last week, mome
nts after suggesting he wouldn’t offer an opinion on the issue. “I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to n
egotiate it. And I think you would’ve been successful. She didn’t listen to that, and that’s fine.”
A few weeks before, Trump spoke briefly with one of the UK’s most visible pro-Brexit campaig
ners, Nigel Farage, on the sidelines of a conservative conference outside Washington. And he’s ma
intained close ties to the hardline conservatives who have bemoaned May’s handling of the matter.
Trump wasn’t alone in his criticism. Two of his top confidants — son Donald Trump Jr. and national security adviser John
Bolton — both offered critical views this week of May and her plan to try and delay Britain’s exit from Europe.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s sentence for genocide has been increas
ed by appeal judges at a UN court in the Hague, Netherlands, from 40 years to life imprisonment.
In 2016 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Kar
adzic to 40 years in prison for genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre — in which more than 7,000 Bos
nian Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces under his command — as well as other crimes such as persecu
tion, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians, and hostage-taking.
On Wednesday Judge Vagn Joensen said the original 40-year sentence did not reflect the “gravity” of Kar
adzic’s crimes, and “his responsibility for the largest and gravest set of crimes ever attributed to a single person at the ICTY.”