Israel and those who stand for her lauded the recent American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. And now, The Times of Israel reports that PM Netanyahu is about to take this friendship to the next level, as he plans to name a town in the Golan after Donald Trump:
“I am here with my family and the masses of citizens of Israel at the foot of the Golan Heights, enjoying the happiness of the [Passover] holiday and our beautiful country,” Netanyahu said in a video statement standing beside his wife Sara during a family tour of the region bordering Syria.
“A few weeks ago I brought the official recognition, by President Trump, who recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights forever. To express our appreciation, I will name a town or a village in the Golan Height after Donald Trump. I will bring [the proposal] before the cabinet [for a vote] soon,” Netanyahu said…
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.Tags: Netanyahu Trump US-Israel Relations