Netanyahu Wants To Name A New Golan Heights Settlement After Trump

Benjamin Netanyahu amd his wife Sara tour the Golan Heights

In a video posted on the Twitter account of Ofir Gendelman, spokesman for the prime minister's office, Netanyahu declared that he meant to draft a resolution calling for the creation of such settlement, "named after President Donald J. Trump", after the Passover holiday.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would submit an official proposal to name a new community on the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump.

Some people sought to give the PM a history lesson, reminding him that the Golan Heights territory was illegally captured from Syria during Israel's 1967 war with Egypt and other Arab states. "I will bring [the proposal] before the cabinet [for a vote] soon", Netanyahu said. It also reiterated in March that it "does not recognise Israeli Sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights". It upended decades of United States policy and drew some global condemnation, but also Israeli praise.

Netanyahu, who has been on a trip to the area with his family for the week-long Jewish Passover holiday, said in a video message on Tuesday that there was a "need to express our appreciation" to the USA president.

It would be called Kiryat Trump, which means "Trump Town" in English.

In December 2017, responding to the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced that he would name a train station near the Western Wall after the USA president.

Israel has said separately that, in appreciation of the USA president, it intends to name a proposed train station near Jerusalem's Western Wall after him. Soccer team Beitar Jerusalem even followed suit, declaring that the team would rename itself after Trump.

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