Israel to name part of Golan Heights region after President Trump


Addressing the nation in a YouTube video today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed he would be naming a community or neighbourhood in the Golan Heights, a rocky plateau seized from south-western Syria, after the 45th American President.

Netanyahu made the announcement during a holiday trip with his wife Sara and their sons Yair and Avner, in which they toured the Golan Heights.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a proclamation signed by U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 14, 2019.

During a briefing on the plane while returning to Israel, a senior Israeli official pointed out that it was an important precedent, which showed that holding on to occupied territory gained in a "defensive war" can be justified.

His Golan decision came only two weeks before a tightly contested Israeli election, which saw Netanyahu win a likely fifth term in office.

Israel annexed the mountain plateau in 1981, a move unrecognized by most of the worldwide community. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Ever since Trump announced that the U.S. would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and would move the U.S. Embassy to that city, Netanyahu and Israeli leaders have honored the president in various ways.

President Donald Trump's name is emblazoned on buildings and real estate around the globe.