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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he plans to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump, one month after Trump recognized the Syrian territory captured during the June 1967 war as part of Israel.

Netanyahu was visiting the Golan with family this afternoon, touring the Saar stream, Mt. Hermon, Nimrod’s Fortress and he rode ATVs at Merom Golan.

In a video message Netanyahu said,

“I’m here on the beautiful Golan Heights. All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Therefore, after the Passover holiday, I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump.”

In similar fashion, in December 2017 Israel’s transportation minister announced a station under construction in Jerusalem’s Old City will be named after Trump, following the president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli territory. Both the station and the settlement are located in occupied territory.

The JTA reported less than 50,000 people live in the sparsely populated and mountainous Golan Heights, of whom half are Israeli-Jews and half are Druze. Most of the Druze are Syrian citizens as Israel offered citizenship decades ago but many rejected it. Syria’s mission to the UN said before the 1967 war 140,000 Syrians lived in the Golan. To date, Israel has constructed more than 40 towns in the region.

Syria estimates there are around 500,000 refugees and their heirs who were not allowed to return to their towns in the Golan after the 1967 war.

President Trump recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory on in late March in a White House speech alongside Netanyahu who was visiting the U.S. just two weeks before Israeli elections that took place earlier this month. 

“Today aggressive action by Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hizbollah continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel,” Trump said.

Netanyahu said Israel had “liberated the Golan” from Syria during wars, in 1967 and in 1973.  In 1967 shortly after Israeli forces first took over the Golan, the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling on Israel to return the territory to Syria. International law prohibits transfer of population to lands acquired during hostilities.

Israel’s Parliament voted to annex the Golan Heights in 1981. At the time no country recognized the move. 

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  1. Citizen on April 23, 2019, 4:47 pm

    Stolen Golan

    • Misterioso on April 24, 2019, 8:46 am

      Netanyahu and Trump: Two murderous, thieving fascists join arms. Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban are overcome with glee.

      http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2019/Apr-23/481736-israel-to-name-new-town-on-golan-after-trump-netanyahu.ashx

      “Israel to name new town on Golan after Trump: Netanyahu”
      Lebanon’s Daily Star, April 23/19

      Reuters:

      GOLAN HEIGHTS: “Israel said Tuesday it would name a new community on the Golan Heights after U.S. President Donald Trump as an expression of gratitude for his recognition of its claim of sovereignty over the strategic plateau.

      “‘All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision,’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video statement made on the Golan.

      “He added that, after the Jewish Passover festival, he would ‘bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump.’

      “Trump’s Golan move followed his decision in December 2017 to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy over the status of a city.

      “Israel has said separately that, in appreciation of the U.S. president, it intends to name a proposed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after him.”

  2. HarryLaw on April 23, 2019, 5:53 pm

    A new settlement called ‘Dotard’.

  3. eljay on April 23, 2019, 7:55 pm

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he plans to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump …

    TrumpCity
    Orangeville
    Trumpburg
    Trump Heights
    Megalomania Megalopolis
    Munawesomepality (The Greatest City Ever Built, Trust Me)

    • umm al-hamam on April 23, 2019, 11:15 pm

      This is Israel after all so it’ll be something like “Kfar Trump” or “Qiryat Trump”. And probably one of his sons (by total coincidence, unrelated to any political considerations) will build a golf course and luxury hotel complex there—the Trump International Tower & Casino Golan Heights—which will end up in massive amounts of debt and under multiple lawsuits from contractors who haven’t been paid, and the Israeli mob will also become involved somehow. I personally can’t wait.

    • Marnie on April 24, 2019, 2:51 am

      Cheeseburger Hill

    • Misterioso on April 24, 2019, 8:51 am

      @eljay

      Also, a “proposed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall…” is to bear Trump’s name.
      Hubris, hubris, hubris!!

      • eljay on April 24, 2019, 9:33 am

        || Misterioso: @eljay
        Also, a “proposed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall…” is to bear Trump’s name.
        Hubris, hubris, hubris!! ||

        Only the best for Mr. Trump!

        And he thought being “Grand Marshal of the Israeli Day Parade” was awesome.

    • Jejasalo on April 24, 2019, 11:54 am

      Donaldton
      Pussygrabville
      Bigly Heights
      Kiryat Ivanka
      Supreme White Grove
      Chosen J. City
      Kibbutz Narcissus
      … the possibilities are endless

      • Tuyzentfloot on April 24, 2019, 2:31 pm

        I’ve have all of them together thanks. The longer the name the more attention it gets.

  4. Kay24 on April 24, 2019, 10:38 am

    How about Mushroom Hill? That’s an appropriate name.

    That photograph of Crooked Bibi and Sara, and their racist sons, should be captioned “getting away with war crimes, corruption, racism, and homophobia:

    “Olmert’s son lashes Netanyahu’s son for ‘racist, homophobic’ Facebook post
    Ariel Olmert mocks Yair Netanyahu’s lavish lifestyle, becomes latest to threaten to sue prime minister’s offspring

    The son of former prime minister Ehud Olmert hit back at fellow son of a prime minister Yair Netanyahu and threatened to take him to court for slander in a Facebook tirade.

    In a Facebook post responding to Netanyahu, who on Tuesday asked why other sons of prime ministers weren’t scrutinized, Ariel Olmert criticized Netanyahu for his lavish lifestyle and threatened to sue him for “disseminating false, racist and homophobic slurs.”

    Arrogance must run in the family.

  5. James Canning on April 24, 2019, 10:42 am

    Pass the sick bag. Trump’s fostering of continuing gross breeches of international law by Israel is not a good thing for the US or Israel.

    • wilywascal on April 28, 2019, 2:26 am

      Agreed. Although it is both ironic and fitting that Trump’s breeches of and disregard for domestic law are about to be his downfall, tainting every single Israeli tribute to him with his historic legacy of disgrace, ignorance, corruption, dishonesty, treason, misogyny, racism and megalomaniacal authoritarianism.

  6. Jejasalo on April 24, 2019, 12:08 pm

    I think naming a “neighborhood” on the Golan Heights after Donald Trump is a great idea. Archaeologists of the (possible) future will be able to trace some of the relics of greater Israel back to the tar pits of D.C.; radioactive waste in Judea and Samaria will be compatible with that found in Moscow, Pyongyang, and Tehran. Its origins will be discovered in Death Valley, NV – which, by then, will be a literal (if undisclosed) post-apocalyptic location.

  7. Brewer on April 24, 2019, 6:34 pm

    Looks to me that War is now inevitable and the outcome not as assured as in the past. Israel’s opposition does not have to “win” to succeed. Whilst Hezbollah and the SAA are battle hardened and resolute, Israel is risk averse, not accustomed to body bags and civilian casualties.
    Big question is the extent of the U.S. participation, the political support for which, is looking at around tipping point.
    Interesting times.

    • RoHa on April 24, 2019, 9:51 pm

      Since the plan is for the USA, not Israel, to go to war with Iran, the aim is for no Israeli casualties.

      But Hezbollah might spoil that plan, especially if the Russians intervene on Iran’s side.

      Could be quite a party.

  8. HarryLaw on April 25, 2019, 11:32 am

    Donald Trump is the son of a Scotswoman. His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod was from the hebridean Island of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, It must be appropriate that a settlement in the Shetland Islands Scotland should be named the settlement in the Golan… see also this
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7263112/Britains-rudest-place-names.html
    Twatt is a settlement in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. It is located on the Shetland Mainland on a minor road that leads from the A971 road to Clousta, north of Bixter. The settlement is within the parish of Sandsting.[1]
    The settlement name originates from the Old Norse þveit, meaning ‘small parcel of land’.
    The name Twatt is similar to the common English expletive “Twat,” (a vulgar word for vulva and also an insulting term meaning a weak or contemptible individual). For this reason, Twatt remains a source of amusement to people from outside the parish. Its name featured at no. 4 of the most vulgar sounding names in Rude Britain, along with its Orkney namesake.
    When can I pick up my Prize?

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