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Netanyahu intends to name new Golan town after Trump

April 24, 2019 2:53 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2019 12:54 P.M.)
TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced, on Tuesday, that he intends to name a town in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights after United States President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu spoke during a family trip in the Golan Heights, "A few weeks ago, I attained the official recognition by President Trump recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights for all eternity.”

He added, "There is a need to express our gratitude by naming a town or settlement in the Golan Heights after Donald Trump,” noting, “I will bring it for government approval in the near future."

In March, the US President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and signed a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

It is noteworthy that Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981.

An estimate of 20,000 Israeli settlers live in over 30 illegal Israeli settlements across the Golan Heights, alongside some 25,000 Druze, who did not flee when the territory was captured by Israel.

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