By MARCY OSTER
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new Jewish community in the Golan Heights to honor Donald Trump will be called Ramat Trump, translated as Trump Heights.
A sign was unveiled during the recent weekly Cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights at the site of the new community. The sign says Ramat Trump in Hebrew and Trump Heights in English under graphics of an Israeli flag and a U.S flag and surrounded by a gold border. A cornerstone-laying ceremony also was held.
The name is listed in a bill to establish the community that has been submitted for approval. Since the current government is interim after the dissolution last month of the Knesset and call for new elections, it cannot officially approve the project, which will have to wait for the next government.
The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said that the last time Israel named a community for a sitting president was Kfar Truman in central Israel in 1949. He also pointed out that Trump’s birthday had been on Friday, June 14, and called the new community an “absolutely beautiful” birthday present.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in late April that he would form the new community in honor of Trump in the Golan, a month after the U.S. president signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic heights, which Israel captured from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed in 1981. The United States is the first country to recognize the Golan as part of Israel.
The community in the northern Golan Heights is on the site of a neighborhood that was approved but never built in 1992. The never-established neighborhood of Bruchim is zoned for 110 living units. It is adjacent to the existing community of Kela Alon, and will be part of the municipal government of the Golan Regional Council.
There are 33 towns and villages in the Golan, but no new communities have been established since 1999, The Jerusalem Post has reported. Twenty-nine of the communities were established by Labor governments from 1967 to 1977.
A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) June 16, 2019
Trump on Twitter said the naming was a “great honor.”