JERUSALEM, June 17 (Xinhua/GNA) — Israel’s government inaugurated on Sunday a new settlement in the annexed Golan Heights named after the country’s close ally, U.S. President Donald Trump.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a sign with the name of the settlement, Ramat Trump, or “Trump Heights,” in Hebrew.
The ceremony was held as part of a special cabinet meeting at the site, attended by senior ministers, officials with the Golan Heights regional council, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
“We are on a historic day,” Netanyahu told his audience. “We are
going to establish a new settlement in the Golan Heights, a move
that hasn’t been taken many years… and to honor a great friend
of the State of Israel, President Donald Trump.”
He added that the move comes after Trump recognized in March
Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an originally-Syrian
Friedman said the Golan Heights is “incredibly important
territory for Israel.”
He praises Trump, saying “it almost never happens anywhere in
the world that an entire community is dedicated in the name of a
Israel seized the Golan from Syria during the 1967 Middle East
war and annexed it in 1981, in a move that had never been
recognized by any world power until Trump’s recent statement.
The U.S. president recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
in December 2017, another controversial move defying the
international standing on the issue. Israel captured East
Jerusalem, a predominantly Palestinian area, in the 1967 war.
The move triggered a wave of violence between Israel and the