Netanyahu opens Trump Heights – a non-existent settlement in illegally-occupied Golan
Standing under an oversized sign for a village his temporary government has no authority to build, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu took his friendship with Donald Trump to a new level by inaugurating Trump Heights in the Golan.
“It is a historic day,” said Israels prime minister, standing next to US ambassador David Friedman.
“Many years have passed since a new settlement was established in the Golan Heights. Today it is happening: We are making an important step toward the rise of Trump Heights. It will proudly carry the name of a very great friend of the State of Israel, and I am also very proud to say a great friend of mine.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "This is an historic day for us. We are going to do two things: Establish a new community on the Golan Heights, something which has not been done for many years. This is an act of settlement and of Zionism of the first order. pic.twitter.com/CJwqaNID7Q
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) June 16, 2019
Netanyahu spoke of the name as a symbol of gratitude for the White House decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and Golan as a part of Israel, while Friedman spoke of the settlement as a “beautiful birthday present” to Trump, who turned 73 on Friday.
Trump later tweeted his gratitude.
Despite, a “festive cabinet meeting” to approve the construction of the settlement on the Syrian border, as the head of the interim government who failed to form a ruling coalition after Aprils election, Netanyahu has no power to authorize construction. At the earliest, Trump Heights could begin to exist as more than a sign if and when his bloc wins the new election in September.
His chief opponents for the upcoming vote criticized the ceremony as a cheap pre-election stunt, exploiting Trumps name (and perhaps taking attention away from his wife Sara's court verdict on the same afternoon).
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