As a testimony to Trump’s sheer success during his time so far as president, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has followed through with his promise to name his country’s new settlement in the Golan after President Trump!
It’s called Trump Heights, and Netanyahu officially dedicated it to our awesome president Sunday, as a belated birthday present!
The occasion marks the first time a ruler of Israel has honored a U.S. president in such a way.
Check out what the Israel PM tweeted out:
U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, accompanied Netanyahu on the occasion.
Here's what he shared on Twitter:
Trump was honored to have the new settlement named after him.
He expressed his gratitude to Netanyahu in this response tweet:
Here's more from CNBC:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday sent President Donald Trump a token of his gratitude for supporting Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in the form of a “new community” in the disputed territory named after the U.S. leader.
The settlement – to be known as “Trump Heights” – sits within the Golan Heights, which had been occupied for decades by Israel but was not seen as Israeli territory by the U.S. until last March, when Trump officially recognized Israel’s annexation of the region.
American ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended a “festive meeting” Sunday where the new town was inaugurated by the Israeli government, according to Netanyahu’s official Twitter account.
“It’s a great recognition of the president’s courageous decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Friedman said. The ambassador also referred to the naming ceremony as a “birthday present” to Trump, who turned 73 on Friday.
A large sign emblazoned in gold letters with the name of the community, written in English and in Hebrew below the national flags of the U.S. and Israel, was also unveiled at the ceremony.
Fox News gave background on the settlement and Netanyahu's decision to honor President Trump with a region in his namesake:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet convened Sunday at the site to celebrate the establishment of a new settlement named for President Trump called Ramat Trump — or “Trump Heights.”
“Thank you Mr. Prime Minister, a great honor!” Trump tweeted Sunday night.
Netanyahu said in April that he wanted to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after Trump out of gratitude for the White House's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.
Trump officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War weeks earlier.
An estimated 20,000 Israelis live in Golan Heights settlements, which most of the international community considers illegal, the Associated Press reported.
The Jerusalem Post gave more details on Trump Heights:
The cabinet will convene a special meeting on the Golan Heights on Sunday to approve the establishment of a new community there to be named after US President Donald Trump: Ramat Trump (“Trump Heights”).
This step, according to resolution that will be brought for the government’s approval, will be taken as a way of showing appreciation for Trump’s actions toward Israel across “a wide range of fields, and out of gratitude for the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
The community, to be a mixed secular-religious settlement that in its first stage is expected to number some 120 families, will be set up in the northern Golan at Beruchim, where plans for a previous settlement were approved in 1991, and where there have been unsuccessful efforts over the years to establish a community. Beruchim is near the existing community of Kela Alon.
While there are streets, squares, forests and even an educational village in Israel named after US presidents, this is believed to be the first time that an entire town in the country will be named after one.
According to explanatory material distributed to the ministers ahead of the cabinet meeting, the United States has through the years been Israel’s greatest friend in the international arena.