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"All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision," Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said referring to his recognition of Syrian occupied terrirtory as an Israeli one.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday during a trip to the Golan Heights with his wife and sons, that a community or neighborhood in the Golan Heights should be named after U.S. President Donald Trump as an expression of gratitude for his decision last month to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the strategic Syrian plateau, occupied by Israel since teh 1967 war.
"I am here with my family and many citizens of Israel at the foot of the Golan Heights, happy with the joy of the holiday and our beautiful country," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video post. "And there is more joy - a few weeks ago I brought President Trump’s official recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights forever."
"All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision," Netanyahu added in the a video statement made at the occupied territory.
PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new community in the Golan Heights after @POTUS Donald Trump, as a token of appreciation for his recognition of Israel's eternal sovereignty over the Golan. pic.twitter.com/buGR93lAob
Israel seized the Golan strategic plateau from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, an action which was never recognized internationally.
A United Nations Security Council resolution adopted unanimously by the 15-member body in 1981 declared that Israel's "decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect." It also demanded Israel rescind its decision.
Last year, Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem while pulling funding to the Palestinian government as well as aid organizations such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).