Israel names Golan Heights settlement after Trump

Category : USA News
Updated On : June 18, 2019 01:43 AM
By Indian Times Daily

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled a new settlement -- Trump Heights -- in the occupied Golan Heights, named after the US President.

"We're going to establish a new community something that hasn't happened in many years, in honour of President Donald Trump," Haaretz newspaper quoted Netanyahu as saying on Sunday during a government meeting.

Building work was yet to begin but a sign bearing Trump's name and US and Israeli flags was unveiled, reports said. Critics slammed the move a publicity stunt with no legal authority.

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

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

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