Israel's Netanyahu Seeks to Name Golan Heights City After President Trump

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Netanyahu said he intends to advance "a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump".

Netanyahu, who has been on a trip to the area with his family for the week-long Jewish Passover holiday, said in a video message on Tuesday that there was a "need to express our appreciation" to the U.S. president.

But when news of the development spread across social media, many netizens appeared less than thrilled by it.

The Jewish settlement may be named Kiryat Trump in honour of the President who made the controversial move to recognise Israel's claim over the Golan Heights.

The move by newly elected Netanyahu is to thank Trump for flouting global law and recognising Israeli sovereignty over the lands just before the Israeli elections.

Mr. Netanyahu made the announcement during a trip with his family to the Golan Heights. The region has been a hotbed for battles in the Syrian Civil War.

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Soon his brand may extend to the Golan Heights. The proclamation had escalated tensions between Syria and Israel.

The declaration was met with swift condemnation from the worldwide community with both the European Union and the United Nations reasserting their stance of not recognizing Israeli rule of the Golan Heights.

The United Nations Security Council's Resolution 497 declared Israel's decision to control the Golan "null and void and without worldwide legal effect".

On 26 March, Trump had signed an official decree in Washington DC, recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Addressing a televised CNN event alongside other Democratic candidates on Monday, Vermont senator Sanders said he was "100 percent pro-Israel" but proposed changing USA policy toward it.

Israeli Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced that same month that it would one day name a train station near the Western Wall after Trump.