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Israel to name Golan Heights settlement after Trump

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said “all Israelis were deeply moved” when Trump recognised Israel’s right to the disputed territory.

Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year.
Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year.
Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu said he plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel’s claim of sovereignty there.

Netanyahu, who has been on a trip to the region with his family for the week-long Passover holiday, said in a video message that he would present a resolution to the government calling for a new settlement named after the US president.

“All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” he said.

Trump again broke with longstanding international consensus on 25 March when he recognised Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the part of the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

The decision came only two weeks ahead of a tightly contested Israeli election, which saw Netanyahu win a fifth term in office.

Trump has shifted US policy sharply in Israel’s favour since taking office, most notably by recognising the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Israel annexed 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan it seized in 1981, a move never recognised by the international community.

Around 18,000 Syrians from the Druze sect — most of whom refuse to take Israeli citizenship — remain in the occupied Golan.

Some 20,000 Israeli settlers have moved there, spread over 33 settlements.

 - © AFP 2019

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