Netanyahu wants to name new Golan Heights settlement after Trump
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Netanyahu wants to name new Golan Heights settlement after Trump

Prime minister says the country 'needs to express our appreciation' to the US president for recognising the territory as under full Israeli sovereignty

President Trump and Bibi Netanyahu after the signing of the proclamation recognising the Golan as being under Israeli sovereignty. (@IsraeliPM on Twitter)
President Trump and Bibi Netanyahu after the signing of the proclamation recognising the Golan as being under Israeli sovereignty. (@IsraeliPM on Twitter)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump out of gratitude for the White House’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

Mr Netanyahu was touring the Golan Heights on Tuesday and said there was a “need to express our appreciation” to the president.

He said he will advance “a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump”.

Last month Mr Trump officially recognised Israeli sovereignty over the territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War.

Israel annexed the mountain plateau in 1981, a move unrecognised by most of the international community.

An estimated 20,000 Israelis live in Golan Heights settlements, which most of the international community considers illegal.

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