New York Dems follow Engel’s lead on Golan recognition

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Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) joined their fellow Democrats in supporting U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The two New York Democrats told Jewish Insider’ on Sunday that they would follow Rep. Eliot Engel’s lead in supporting the move.

Suozzi: “I am going to follow Eliot Engel’s lead. Whatever he says, I do.”

Meeks: “I will look at it. I have been to the Golan Heights. I know the significance of it. Eliot hasn’t mentioned it to me, but it’s something I would definitely consider, knowing the strategic spot of the Golan Heights and how it helps Israel with security. So I will talk to Eliot Engel about it, and, generally, where Eliot is, I am.”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) declined to take a position when asked about it, but asserted, “I do understand how critical that region is to the security of Israel, and I am very worried about the turmoil in Syria and what it could mean for the security of Israel’s northern border. So you can absolutely count on me to a be a fierce defender of Israel security, including on the northern border, where so many of the threats originate from.”


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