“Why did it take two years to get recognition of the Golan Heights even with such a friendly president? It takes time,” said Netanyahu.
“I prefer to do this [annex] with agreement. I discussed this with representatives of President Trump and I told them, in my opinion, there is no way around it, and I think it is also the right thing to do. But it is going to happen. This isn’t something I cooked up for the elections.”
“I had to go through three phases: the first phase was the intense pressure put on me,” Netanyahu continued, referring to the Obama White House’s demands Israel cease all construction in Judea and Samaria.
“The Obama administration told me: ‘Not even a single brick’. But, thank God, we overcame that. From there we moved on to the stage of expanded construction, and now we’ll move to the next stage, that is, applying sovereignty to [Israeli] towns. That’s all I said. I prefer to do this in stages, with American support.”