Netanyahu wants to name settlement on Golan Heights after Trump

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DIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to name a new settlement on the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump. That announced Netanyahu in a video message released on Tuesday. The Israeli people were deeply moved by Trump's "historic decision" to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, he said in a visit to the Golan Heights. Therefore, he would soon bring in the government on the way that a new settlement there will be named after Trump.

Israel is currently in the phase of forming a government after the general election in early April. Netanyahu's right-leaning Likud party has begun talks to form a new coalition.

Trump formally recognized the Syrian Golan Heights, annexed by Israel, as the territory of Israel at the end of March, thereby reversing US foreign policy. During a visit to Netanyahu in Washington, the American President had signed a corresponding proclamation. With this step, the United States violates a UN Security Council resolution, which they had themselves adopted in 1981. Unanimously, the highest UN body had declared the Israeli annexation void at that time.

Israel had occupied the Golan Heights, a strategically important rock plateau above the Sea of ​​Galilee, in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981. This has not been recognized internationally. According to international law, the territories are considered Israeli-occupied territory of Syria. Netanyahu had long sought international recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli. Shortly before the general election in Israel Trump fulfilled his long-cherished wish.

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