The Name's Trump. Ramat Trump |

New Israeli Community Named After U.S. President Goes to Government Approval

Proposal will be discussed in Knesset on Sunday, a month after Netanyahu declared he would make the move to thank Trump for his recognition of Israeli sovereignty there

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Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019.
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019. Credit: \ Leah Millis/ REUTERS
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A proposal from the prime minister's bureau to establish a community settlement in the Golan Heights named after U.S. President Donald Trump has been submitted for approval and will be discussed by the government on Sunday.

The proposal, which was obtained by TheMarker, comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention last month to establish a new Jewish community named after the president in the northern Golan Heights.

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According to the prime minister, establishing the community constitutes a gesture of respect for Trump's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights at the end of March – a move that was criticized by the international community.

The new community is expected to be named "Ramat Trump," meaning Trump Heights.

The name Ramat Trump was decided by the Government Naming Committee at the end of last month, and was introduced with lavish praise: "The initiative to establish a new community in the Golan Heights, named after President Donald Trump, is an expression of gratitude for his actions for the good of the State of Israel as a whole and the Golan Heights in particular," the explanation read.

"There is importance in advancing the aforementioned decision at this time in order to strengthen the political ties between the State of Israel and the United States," it further stated.

The plan will use an existing plan approved in 1992 to build a community named Bruchim, which was never carried out. It is now zoned as a neighborhood in the community of Kela Alon in the northern Golan Heights, some 25 kilometers from both Katzrin and Kiryat Shmona.

Under the plan, 110 plots designated for Bruchim that were never developed will be separated from Kela Alon and allocated to the new community. The plan will likely expand the neighborhood, which will fall under the municipal jurisdiction of the Golan Regional Council.

According to the proposal, the Construction and Housing Ministry will advance administrative work, which will be submitted to the chairman of the National Planning and Construction Commission within 90 days, in order for the council to examine the issue and give its recommendations. The proposal also calls on the Finance Ministry to prepare for the financial and budgeting aspects involved in the project.

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