Middle East/North Africa

Israel renames Golan settlement after Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet on Monday officially moved to rename a settlement in Golan Heights after President Trump.

The settlement, currently known as Bruchim, will be rebranded “Ramat Trump,” or “Trump Heights,” according to the Associated Press.

{mosads}Israel captured the territory from Syria in 1967 and annexed it in 1981, which the majority of the international community has mostly condemned as illegal. In March, Trump signed an executive order recognizing it as Israeli territory.

“Few things are more important to the security of the state of Israel than permanent sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” said U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, who attended the Sunday ceremony. “It is simply obvious, it is indisputable and beyond any reasonable debate.”

Despite the decision to rename the 30-year-old settlement, there are still numerous bureaucratic hurdles before the settlement can be developed, particularly with Netanyahu preparing for Israel’s national election later this year, according to the AP.

Zvi Hauser, an opposition lawmaker and former cabinet secretary to Netanyahu, said the Sunday ceremony was for PR purposes and accomplished little.

“There’s no funding, no planning, no location, and there’s no real binding decision,” he said, according to the AP.

Trump himself responded to the move on Twitter Sunday afternoon, thanking Netanyahu for the “great honor.”



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