Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday unveiled a “Trump Heights” sign, featuring an Israeli and a US flag, to mark the site of the new settlement on the Golan Heights.
Israel approved in principle on Sunday a new community named after U.S. President Donald Trump on a contested frontier zone with Syria.
The “Trump Heights” project is intended to cement ties after Trump broke with other world powers to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the plateau in March.
Surrounding a large table, Israel’s cabinet met under a tent in the north of the Golan to name the planned settlement, in the presence of US ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
Outside the tent, a sign bearing the name of the settlement was unveiled shortly after an announcement to local officials.
Construction of the settlement is planned in an area currently occupied by four settler families.
It is to be built on the site of a former kibbutz, first established in 1984.
Trump responded to the gesture on Twitter: “Thank you PM @Netanyahu and the State of Israel for this great honor!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019