Netanyahu dedicates new settlement to US president

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks throughout a ceremony to unveil an indication for a brand new neighborhood named after U.S. President Donald Trump, within the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights June 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ammar Awad | Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday despatched President Donald Trump a token of his gratitude for supporting Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, within the type of a “new community” within the disputed territory named after the U.S. chief.

The settlement – to be often known as “Trump Heights” – sits inside the Golan Heights, which had been occupied for many years by Israel however was not seen as Israeli territory by the U.S. till final March, when Trump formally acknowledged Israel’s annexation of the area.

American ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended a “festive meeting” Sunday the place the brand new city was inaugurated by the Israeli authorities, in accordance with 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 stated. The ambassador additionally referred to the naming ceremony as a “birthday present” to Trump, who turned 73 on Friday.

A massive signal emblazoned in gold letters with the title of the neighborhood, written in English and in Hebrew beneath the nationwide flags of the U.S. and Israel, was additionally unveiled on the ceremony.

“Thanks PM and the State of Israel for this nice honor! ” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.

Trump and Netanyahu have cast a detailed bond and have often lavished reward on one another’s management. On the occasion Sunday, Netanyahu once more celebrated Trump’s help for insurance policies that benefited Israel’s agenda, together with leaving the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal and transferring a U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Israel has occupied the Golan Heights for the reason that Arab-Israeli Battle of 1967, and had handed a legislation making use of its authorities to the realm 1981 – a transfer that was opposed by a lot of the worldwide neighborhood on the time.

Trump’s full-throated endorsement of Israel’s declare to the Golan Heights got here in the course of Netanyahu’s re-election bid, which he gained. After his election to a document fifth time period, Netanyahu stated he would push to call a brand new space within the Golan Heights after Trump.

Trump’s motion was rejected by different Center Jap nations, together with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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