Netanyahu Presides Over Designation of ‘Trump Heights’ on the Golan
It seemed as if the Israeli prime minister was so overwhelmed by the successive gestures bestowed by the American president upon the Jewish state – that he had to do something extraordinary. And he wasted no time in doing so. On Sunday, Netanyahu moved his entire cabinet to the Golan Heights to hold its weekly meeting in the shadow of a formidable sign displaying crossed US and Israeli flags marking the entrance to the new Jewish community to be called “Trump Heights.” Standing in front of the new emblem for the first photo op were Prime Minister and Mrs. Netanyahu and Ambassador of the United States to Israel David Friedman and Mrs. Friedman. The ambassador linked the naming to the president’s birthday last Friday, but most saw the true gifts from the Israeli perspective as being the declarations of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. An interesting and perhaps ironic subtext to the story is the specter of Russia lurking above the new town. The original inhabitants of what is now Trump Heights immigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1991 and have been living in a community of ten people since then. Little did they know their residences would become a tribute to the American president hounded by his political rivals under accusations of colluding with Russia to win the presidency. Community leaders claim the regional council has been flooded with requests for information about moving to Trump Heights. The Media Line’s Charles Bybelezer was there; follow the link to see what he had to say.