Site in Golan Heights to be named after Trump

The new name is set to be approved once PM Netanyahu's next government is formed

US President Donald Trump (L) with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he has chosen a site in the Golan Heights to be named after US President Donald Trump. The PM is now expected to ask the cabinet to approve the renaming once his next government is formed. The name for the new town has yet to be announced.

The town is being named after the US president, after in March he signed a proclamation officially granting US recognition of the long-disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory - a dramatic shift from decades of US policy. The announcement was welcomed with criticism from all regional allies of Washington that host American troops - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait, who said the decision would further inflame tensions in the Middle East. But it was also applaused from Netanyahu, who is wrapped up in corruption scandal and at the time was in the midst of a bruising re-election campaign. Netanyahu later won his reelection.

Thus, he followed up Trump's move by declaring last month he would bring forward a resolution calling for a town in Golan Heights to be named after Trump.

"In honor of President Trump, who recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, [I] will soon call for a settlement in the Golan Heights in his name," he said at the time.

While Israel took control of the region in 1967 and annexed it in 1981, the US and most other countries did not recognise Israel’s claim on the area.

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