By Duncan Smith
President Donald Trump did Israel an honor by formally recognizing Jerusalem as the country’s historic capital, becoming the first president to keep his promise to do that among the previous three administrations.
Now, Israel wants to return the favor with an honor of its own.
Israel’s cabinet has approved $2.3 million in funding for a new Golan Heights settlement that will be name[d] “Trump Heights” to salute the Trump administration’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, NBC News reported.
“The initiative to establish a new Golan Heights settlement to be named after President Donald Trump expresses gratitude for his work for the State of Israel and the Golan Heights,” the cabinet’s statement read, per the report.
President Donald Trump has led an effort to support Israel by abandoning decades of U.S. foreign policy and move the U.S. embassy to the Israel-recognized capital of Jerusalem and recognizing the Golan Heights for Israel on March 25, 2019.
Construction will begin in three weeks and Israel hopes the “Trump Heights” name will encourage more residents to expand on the settlement. About 20 families are expected to move in over the next few months, according to Golan Heights council head Haim Rokach, per NBC News.
Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all promised to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but failed to do so after being talked out of it by advisers who claimed that the ‘resultant unrest’ would ‘destabilize’ the region…which hasn’t happened.
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