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Israel launches 'Trump Heights' on Golan

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Israel launches 'Trump Heights' on Golan

Israel launches 'Trump Heights' on Golan

Israel has unveiled "Trump Heights", a new community named after U.S. President Donald Trump on a contested frontier with Syria.

Emily Withers reports.


Israel launches 'Trump Heights' on Golan

Unveiling a controversial new settlement on contested territory.

Named "Trump Heights" after the U.S. president officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights back in March.

(SOUNDBITE)(Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "(U.S.) President (Donald) Trump is a great friend of our state, a leader who has done things which were not done previously and should have been done by the power of justice and truth." The project is supposed to cement ties after Trump broke with other world powers to recognize the contested frontier zone with Syria.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed and settled it.

Moves not accepted by most world powers, who deem it to be occupied Syrian territory.

But aside from a few homes already here… futher construction will likely lag given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political stumbles.

The plan lacks earmarked funds as well as final approval for its precise location and name.

Still many Israelis are delighted: it's the second time Trump has broken with long held U.S. policy - while appalling other world powers - by recognizing Jerusalem as their capital.

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