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Golan Heights: Israel unveils 'Trump Heights' settlement



 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech before the newly-unveiled sign for the new settlement of Image copyright
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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled a new settlement in the occupied Golan Heights, named After US President Donald Trump

At a naming ceremony on Sunday, Mr Netanyahu said Trump Heights honored Mr Trump for his decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territory.

Names and US and Israeli flags were unveiled.

Israel seized the Golan from Syria in the 1

967 Middle East war. In March, the US became the first country to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area since Israel effectively annexed it in 1981.

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"This is a historic day, "said Mr Netanyahu, hailing President Trump as" a friend of Israel. "

US Ambassador David Friedman, who attended the ceremony, called the settlement" well deserved, but much appreciated "

Israel's Prime Minister pledged in April to a new settlement after Mr Trump, soon after the president overturned decades of US policy by recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan.

The region is located about 60km (40 miles) south-west of the Syrian capital , Damascus, and covers about 1,000 sq. Km (400 sq. Miles).

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Media caption Netanyahu praises Trump for recognizing Israel control of Golan

On Sunday, Israel's cabinet approved Mr Netanyahu's resolution for an "initiative to establish" on the new Golan Heights community.

But the resolution falls short of declaring the settlement of a settlement, and no money has yet been earmarked for construction.

Political opponents of the scheme have also noted that, legally, no new localities can be established before Israel's elections. in September.

"Anyone who reads the fine print in this 'historic' decision will understand that this is nothing more than a non-binding, fake policy," cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser told the Times of Israel.

"Let's hope President Trump does not know that his name is being used for this public relations exercise," he added.


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