Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said declaring Israeli ownership of the Golan Heights was not “timely” while Syria was mired in civil war.
The United States and Germany both criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that the Golan Heights “will forever remain part of Israeli sovereignty.”
Germany’s famous KaDeWe department store in Berlin has taken wines made in the Golan Heights off its shelves to comply with a European Union labeling regulation, sparking a protest.
Israel said on Sunday that one of its citizens, probably a member of the country’s Muslim Arab minority, had illegally flown to rebellion-wracked Syria by using a paraglider to cross the Golan Heights frontier.
A resident of the Golan Heights was indicted for spying on Israel for Syria.
Israeli Channel 10 television said an official Israeli source had confirmed that Israel had mounted an attack inside Syria, on Sunday.
An Israeli helicopter has fired two missiles on the Syrian village of Quneitra in the Golan Heights, Lebanese media is reporting.
A rocket fired in Syria as part of its civil war struck Israel near the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights.
A projectile from fighting in the Syrian civil war struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday and Israeli forces responded by attacking a Syrian army position, the military said.