June 18, 2019 | From The Times of Israel
The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Jewish community on the Golan Heights.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet convened in this hamlet on Sunday to formally approve and announce the inauguration of a new community named after US President Donald Trump.
The move came just over two months after the US leader recognized Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed, in a move not recognized by the wider international community. In 2017, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US Embassy to the city in another move that broke ranks with the global community.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and officials from the Golan Regional Council also attended the ceremony unveiling the new community of “Ramat Trump,” to be known in English as “Trump Heights.”
Israel hopes the community, first built under a different name in the 1980s, will attract a wave of people to what is currently little more than an isolated outpost with just 10 residents.
Speaking at the ceremony to unveil a large sign bearing the community’s name in Hebrew and English, Netanyahu told the gathered dignitaries that “it is a milestone in the history of Golan.”
“President Trump is a very great friend of the country, a friend who did things for the country there were not done in the past and should have been done in the name of justice and truth.” . . .
US Ambassador Friedman noted in his remarks that the last community in Israel named after a serving US president was Kfar Truman, in 1949, to honor US president Harry Truman.
“I want to thank you for the extraordinary gesture that you and the State of Israel are making to the president of the United States,” Friedman said. “It is well deserved, but it is much appreciated, and we look forward to work[ing] with you and with the government of Israel to continue to strengthen the unbreakable alliance between the United States and Israel.”
“Anyone who has visited the Golan Heights… immediately realizes it is incredible important territory to the State of Israel. Few things are more important to the security of Israel than sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” he added. (Excerpt from the Times of Israel)