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Trump Heights

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2019 by andelino

US President Donald Trump is famous for putting his “name” on hotels, casinos and airplanes.

But now Israel is naming an entire “community” after him in appreciation for his having recognized the “Golan Heights” as part of Israel.

Israel gained “control” of the territory more than 50 years ago after it was “attacked” by six Arab countries, including Syria, former occupier of the Golan, in the “Six Day War” of 1967.

The United Nations and most countries still consider it “occupied” Syrian land. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he’d rename “Kela Bruchim” in the US president’s honor.

Naming a “town” after Trump would not be the first time that Israeli leaders have “honored” the US president with an eponymous site, but it would be the most significant.

In December 2017, responding to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize “Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital, Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced that he would name a “train station” near the Western Wall after the US president.

In May 2018, after Trump moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the city’s mayor at the time, Nir Barkat, announced he would name a square near the building after the US president.

Soccer team “Beitar Jerusalem” even followed suit, declaring that the team would rename itself after Trump.

Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and his wife Sara overlooking  the Golan Heights.

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