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Israel announces Golan Heights settlement in Trump's honour

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Israeli on Sunday announced the establishment of a new Jewish settlement in the occupied Syrian territory of Golan Heights, honouring US

In March, Trump had officially recognized Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, a part of that has been under Israeli military occupation since the Six-Day War of 1967.

"I promised that we would establish a community named after I would like to inform you that we have already selected a site on the where this new community will be established and we have started the process," Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting via a post.

He said he was going to ask for an extension of the period to form a coalition after winning April's general elections, news reported.

Netanyahu's request came due to a busy holiday season following the Israeli election that delayed negotiations with the parties to make up the ruling coalition government.

In addition, he said that will commemorate the first anniversary of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, which will be completed soon with the transfer of the official residence of the

"This week we will mark one year since the opening of the US Embassy in The official residence of the US to is also moving to Thus, in effect, the Congressional decision will be implemented," Netanyahu added.

Trump's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan has been controversial since the on December 17, 1981, unanimously adopted Resolution No. 497, which rejected the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights, considering it as "null and void and without international legal effect".

Even before Trump's recognition of Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights, his support for Netanyahu was seen as connected to the US administration's peace plan.

Most of the 26,000 members of the Druze religious community in the have refused assimilation into the Israeli state and nearly all of them boycotted Israel's first-ever attempt to hold in the territory in October 2018.

International reported that around 20,000 Israeli settlers currently live in the

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 18:54 IST
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