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April 23, 2019 11:34 am

Israeli PM Netanyahu Wants to Name New Golan Community After Trump In Honor of Recognition Move

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump at Ben-Gurion International Airport, May 23, 2017. Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to name a new community in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump, in honor of the recent American recognition of the Jewish state’s sovereignty over the strategic plateau.

Netanyahu made the announcement during a Passover visit with his wife and two sons to the Golan, a region Israel took control of from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War, and annexed in 1981 — a step not recognized internationally.

In ultimately fruitless peace talks held by Israel and Syria in the 1990s and 2000s, the return of the Golan was the Assad regime’s main demand.

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

Watch a video of Netanyahu’s remarks below:

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