Tel Aviv, June 17: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on Sunday officially renamed Israeli settlement in controlled-Golan Heights as ‘Trump Heights’ after United States President Donald Trump recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The move comes in a gesture of appreciation for Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights
— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) June 16, 2019
In a tweet, US ambassador to Israel, David M Friedman said, “A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!!”
A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) June 16, 2019
Earlier in April, Netanyahu has stated he would be naming a new community in Golan Heights after the US president’s recognition in an effort to thank him for doing so. In 1967, Israel had captured the Golan Heights from Syria during a six-day war and further annexed it in 1981.
On March 25, the US became the first-ever nation to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Although, Syria criticized Trump’s comments on recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights as “irresponsible”.
According to BBC news reports, a statement by the Syrian state news agency has said the country accused Trump of “blind bias” towards Israel. It said Syria was much determined to recover the region “through all available means”.
Addressing a summoned dignitaries, the Israeli PM said, “It is a milestone in the history of Golan”. Netanyahu added, “President Trump is a very great friend of the country, a friend who did things for the country there were not done in the past and should have been done in the name of justice and truth.”
On Sunday afternoon, Trump took it to Twitter to thank Netanyahu for the “great honour”.
Thank you Mr. Prime Minister, a great honor! https://t.co/ozLz84g3i0
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2019