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WorldNetanyahu inaugurates ‘Trump Heights,’ Israel's newest town on the Golan Heights

22:15  16 june  2019
22:15  16 june  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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President Trump declared on Thursday that the United States should recognize Israel ’ s authority over the long disputed Golan Heights , delivering a valuable election-eve gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but jettisoning decades of American policy in the Middle East.

Mr. Netanyahu was thanking Mr. Trump for signing a proclamation recognizing Israel ’ s authority over the long-disputed Golan Heights — a valuable Certainly, Mr. Netanyahu has never had a friendlier president during his 13 years in office. In addition to his decision on the Golan Heights , Mr. Trump

JERUSALEM —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his first steps Sunday to express his gratitude to President Trump, unveiling, at a specially convened cabinet meeting, a plaque marking the spot where Israel’s newest town — “Trump Heights” — will sit.

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The new community is located on the occupied Golan Heights, which — in a highly controversial move that upended decades of U.S. foreign policy — Trump recognized as being part of sovereign Israel last March.

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GOLAN HEIGHTS , April 23 (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it would name a new community on the Golan Heights after U. S “All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video statement made on the Golan .

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a site had been located for a new town in the Golan Heights named after US President Donald Trump , after announcing his intention to do so less than three weeks ago in honor of the US president’ s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the

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The establishment of Trump Heights — Ramat Trump in Hebrew — is another sign of the flourishing political bromance between the Israeli and the American leaders, whose political rhetoric and actions often appear to mirror each other as they lavish mutual praise.

The Golan Heights, a lush raised plateau between Israel and Syria, was captured by Israeli forces during the 1967 Israeli-Arab War, which began when Israel launched a preemptive strike when neighboring Arab countries mobilized forces at the borders. The area was formally annexed by Israel in 1981, a move not recognized by the United Nations or much of the international community.

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US President Donald Trump , seated, holds up a signed proclamation on the Golan Heights , alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , standing center, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP). Naming a town after Trump

But Israel ’ s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu , is facing a tough re-election fight, and he has pleaded with Mr. Trump to make the move. Support for Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights would also give Israel ’ s right-wing parties an opening to argue for Israel ’ s annexation of the West Bank.

Israel argues that handing back the territory, used by Syria as a shelling position, would allow a strategic threat. Just over half the population are Arabic-speaking Druze, who live alongside the Israelis who have settled there since 1967.

“This is a historic day,” Netanyahu said at Sunday’s meeting. “We are going to do two things. Establish a new community on the Golan Heights, something that has not been done for many years. This is an act of Zionism, and it is paramount.”

“The second thing is to honor our friend, a very great friend of the State of Israel — President Donald Trump, who recently recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

Netanyahu inaugurates ‘Trump Heights,’ Israel's newest town on the Golan Heights© Atef Safadi/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock U.S. and Israeli flags decorate the road leading to the Israeli settlement of Bruchim-Kela Alon, in the Golan Heights.

Last week, Netanyahu’s government approved a resolution to begin planning for the community, although little can be done while Israel is in the throes of a second election, less than two months after it held a general election. Netanyahu appeared to have won the April 9 race but was unable to form a coalition. He was forced to call for another election, which is scheduled to be held Sept. 17.

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Media caption Netanyahu praises Trump for recognising Israel control of Golan . President Donald Trump has officially recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights , seized from Syria in 1967, in a move hailed as "historic" by Israel ' s prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahu , who faces an

At Sunday’s ceremony, which was also attended by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, a gold rimmed plaque displaying the name of the new community in Hebrew and English was unveiled.

Friedman, a staunch supporter of Israel, called the creation of a community in Trump’s honor “an extraordinary gesture.”

On March 25, while Netanyahu was visiting the White House ahead of the April election, Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s hold on the plateau. Some saw the move as timed to help the long-serving Israeli leader in his reelection bid.

Following his election victory, Netanyahu declared he would establish a new town named for the president.

[Trump Town: Netanyahu wants to repay Trump’s Golan move with a community named in his honor]

“All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said in a video. “I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights, named after President Donald J. Trump.”

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Loveday Morris contributed to this story.

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