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Israel calls new settlement on Golan Heights ‘Trump Heights’

The Israeli government today approved a decision to name a new settlement on the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump. The new community will be called “Trump Heights,” as a tribute to Trump’s recognition in March of the Israeli claim to the Golan Heights.

“We will continue to build and develop the Golan Heights for the benefit of all its residents, Jews, and non-Jews, and for the future of the entire country,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting attended by US Ambassador David Friedman.

It is not known when the construction of the new settlement will begin.

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Israel captured the strategically important Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 during the Arab-Israeli war. Israel annexed the area in 1981, but that move is not internationally recognized.

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