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Israel says site found for Golan 'Trump' settlement

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli said Sunday that a site for a promised new settlement to be named after US had been chosen and formal approval was under way.

"I promised that we would establish a community named after Trump," said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

"I would like to inform you that we have already selected a site in the where this new community will be established, and we have started the process," he said in Hebrew.

pledged such a move last month, in appreciation of Trump's recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty over part of the strategic plateau.

Trump broke with longstanding international consensus on March 25 when he recognised Israel's claim of sovereignty over the part of the Golan it seized from in the 1967 Six-Day War.

In December 2017, he said would recognise the disputed city of as Israel's capital, sparking outrage among the Palestinians who claim Israeli-annexed east as the capital of their own future state.

The was moved from to and inaugurated on May 14, 2018.

Netanyahu said he would submit the new settlement plan for cabinet approval when a new government takes office in the wake of last month's snap Netanyahu has been conducting low-key meetings with heads of the parties expected to join his coalition.

He has until the end of May to put together an alliance.

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 23:00 IST