Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet convened on Sunday to inaugurate a new settlement named after Donald Trump, in a gesture of appreciation for the U.S. president’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory. Currently known as Bruchim, it is over 30 years old and has a population of 10 people.
Israel is hoping the rebranded “Ramat Trump,” Hebrew for “Trump Heights,” will encourage a wave of residents to vastly expand it. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in 1981. Most of the international community considers the move illegal under international law.
After the Cabinet decision, Netanyahu and Friedman unveiled a sign trimmed in gold with the name “Trump Heights” and adorned with U.S. and Israeli flags. President Trump retweeted photos Friedman posted of the event and thanked Netanyahu “and the State of Israel for this great honor!”