Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after Donald Trump, in a show of gratitude for the US president’s decision to recognize the occupied Syrian region as Israeli territory.
“In honor of President Trump, who recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, [Israel] will soon call for a settlement in the Golan Heights in his name. Happy holiday!”, Netanyahu’s Twitter account said on April 23.
PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new community in the Golan Heights after @POTUS Donald Trump, as a token of appreciation for his recognition of Israel's eternal sovereignty over the Golan. pic.twitter.com/buGR93lAob
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) April 23, 2019
Israel occupied the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in 1981 in a move that was not recognized by the UN Security Council. There are about 40,000 people live in the region. About a half of them is Druze and Alawites and another half is Jewish settlers.
In March, US President Trump announced that the US was officially recognizing the Golan Heights as being part of Israel in March.