(JERUSALEM) — An Israeli cupboard minister on Sunday stated the federal government accredited plans to construct a brand new settlement within the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after President Donald Trump.
Settlements Minister Tzipi Hotovely wrote on Fb that her ministry will begin preparations for Ramat Trump — Hebrew for “Trump Heights” — to deal with 300 households.
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria within the 1967 Mideast conflict and annexed it in 1981. A lot of the worldwide group considers the transfer, and Israeli settlements within the territory, unlawful beneath worldwide regulation.
However Trump signed an government order recognizing the strategic mountainous plateau as Israeli territory in March 2019. The transfer got here throughout a go to to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu simply weeks earlier than Israeli elections. The choice, simply one in every of a number of diplomatic strikes benefiting Israel, was broadly applauded there.
The Israeli authorities’s approval of the plan, which in response to Israeli media will contain earmarking eight million shekels ($2.three million) for growing the city, advances a undertaking introduced by Netanyahu final yr with nice pomp and fanfare. Sunday’s announcement coincided with Trump’s birthday, though it was unclear if it was related.
Final June, Netanyahu convened his Cupboard within the small hamlet of Qela for a vote on rebranding the group as a gesture of appreciation for the president’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The small city of Qela is dwelling to beneath 300 folks. Its unique neighborhood of Bruchim, which can be rebranded as Trump Heights, is dwelling to lower than a dozen.
At a Cupboard assembly on Sunday, Netanyahu stated that Israel would “start sensible steps in establishing the group of Ramat Trump on the Golan Heights, Israel’s sovereignty over which was acknowledged by President Trump.”
Israel has constructed dozens of settlements within the Golan through the years, with an estimated 26,000 Jewish settlers dwelling there as of 2019. Roughly the identical variety of Arabs stay there, most of them members of the Druze sect of Shiite Islam.