Israel Announces Plans for “Trump Heights” Settlement in Occupied Golan Heights

HeadlineJun 18, 2019

In the occupied Golan Heights, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled plans to build a new settlement Sunday named “Trump Heights” to thank President Trump for his decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the annexed territory. The move, announced in March, reverses decades of U.S. policy and is in defiance of international law. Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 after capturing the territory from Syria during the 1967 war. Critics say the move by Netanyahu was a PR stunt, as the settlement has not been legally approved by Israeli lawmakers.

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