“We are not against Jews but we cannot recognize Israel because of (its) occupation of Palestinian land,” Mahathir said in his remarks, aired by local broadcasters, during his three-day visit to Pakistan on Friday.
“You cannot seize others’ lands, and form a state. It’s like a state of robbers”, he went on to say, Anadolu Agency reported.
His remarks came a day after US President Donald Trump said it was time for the US to recognize the Zionist regime's control of the occupied Golan Heights.
Israel has long pushed Washington to recognize its claim over the territory it seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel occupies roughly two-thirds of the wider Golan Heights as a de facto result of the conflict. It moved to formally annex the territory in 1981 -- an action unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.