To express his gratitude to President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his first steps by inaugurating a new settlement named after Donald Trump.
Emblazoned on a giant billboard: “Ramat Trump” – or Trump Heights, Israel’s PM and his cabinet inaugurated Israel’s newest town.
Other range of name suggestions had included Neve Trump (Trump’s Oasis) and Ruakh Trump (Trump’s Soul).
The hinterland settlement in the Golan Heights is over 30 years old and has a population of 10 people.
An addition to Trump Brand Empire, the settlement is built on land captured from Syria in a war fought half a century ago.
Donald Trump signed an executive order recognizing the strategic mountainous plateau as Israeli territory.
Israel is hoping the rebranded “Ramat Trump,” Hebrew for “Trump Heights,” will encourage a wave of residents to vastly expand it.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to establish a new community, and also to honor a big friend,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the special cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights.
U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, who attended Sunday’s ceremony said, “Well deserved, but much appreciated.”
Trump responded to the gesture on his Twitter handle: “Thank you PM @Netanyahu and the State of Israel for this great honor!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019