Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a plaque marking the location of a new settlement in the Golan Heights on Sunday.
The marker proclaims the settlement will be known as “Trump Heights,” to thank President Donald Trump for breaking decades of US tradition and recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel in March. Trump Heights, called “Ramat Trump” in Hebrew, is a symbol of the airtight alliance that’s developed between the US and Israel. The new town has yet to be built. Netanyahu called this moment “a historic day” and praised Trump as a “friend of Israel.” US Ambassador David Friedman, who attended the ceremony, called the settlement "well deserved, but much appreciated". Critics called the move a publicity stunt with no legal authority.
There was an American answer. In a tweet, Trump thanked Netanyahu “and the State of Israel for this great honor.” The Golan Heights is a strategically valuable swath of land that Israel annexed from Syria after 1967’s Six Day War. The region is located about 60km (40 miles) south-west of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and covers about 1,000 sq km (400 sq miles). The United Nations and most of the international community do not recognize the territory as belonging to Israel.