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Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 10:58
Netanyahu says to name new Golan Heights site after Trump
By Xinhua
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 10:58 By Xinhua

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and US President Donald Trump hold up the signed proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as Netanyahu leaves the White House in Washington, March 25, 2019. (MANUEL BALCE CENETA / AP)

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he will name a new community in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump, who recognized Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Syrian territory in March.

"All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights," Netanyahu said in video footage posted on his YouTube channel.

All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

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The Israeli prime minister said he will bring a relevant resolution to the government after the holiday of the Jewish Passover which will end on April 27.

Netanyahu made the statement during a trip with his family in the Golan Heights.

Departing from the long-held US foreign policy, Trump signed in March a declaration recognizing the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights.

Israel seized the Golan from Syria during the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in 1981, in a move that had never been recognized by any world power until Trump's recent statement.

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The US president recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017, another controversial move defying the international standing on the issue. Israel captured East Jerusalem, a predominantly Palestinian area, in the 1967 war.


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