President Trump has been a proud supporter of Israel throughout his presidency, which has not gone unnoticed by the nation’s prime minister.
Now, Trump could be having a new Israeli town named after him!
In appreciation of Trump’s decision to proclaim the long-disputed territory of Golan Heights a part of Israel, PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he is seeking approval for naming the new settlement after the president.
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Take a look at Netanyahu's tweet declaring his intention:
The New York Times has more details:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said on Tuesday that he would ask his government to approve naming a new Jewish settlement in the Golan Heights for President Trump, in appreciation of the American leader’s proclamation recognizing Israel’s authority over the long-disputed territory.
Mr. Netanyahu’s announcement, made during a Passover tour of the Golan Heights with his family, came a month after Mr. Trump’s proclamation, which delivered a valuable pre-election gift to Mr. Netanyahu even as it upended decades of American policy in the Middle East.
Despite facing corruption charges, Mr. Netanyahu has since won a fourth consecutive term in office — a fifth over all — setting him on course to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, surpassing the record of the founding premier, David Ben Gurion.
“All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Mr. Netanyahu said in a video on Tuesday, against the backdrop of the sunny, windswept strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967.
“Therefore, after the Passover holiday,” he said, “I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump.”
BBC also commented:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he intends to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump.
Mr Netanyahu said the move would honour Mr Trump's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan in March.
Israel seized the Golan from Syria in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981. The move has not been recognised internationally.
Syria said Mr Trump's decision was "a blatant attack on its sovereignty".
Mr Netanyahu, who has secured a fifth term in office in the recent Israeli elections, has been on a trip to the region with his family for the week-long Passover holiday.
"All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
"I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J Trump", he said in a video message.
For decades, Washington did not recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, but Mr Trump announced his plan to overturn US policy in a tweet on 21 March.