Israel OKs plan for new Golan settlement named after President Trump

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FILE – In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, his wife Sara, United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, left, and his wife Tammy pose during the inauguration of a new settlement named after President Donald Trump in the Golan Heights, An Israeli cabinet minister on Sunday, June 14, 2020, said the government approved plans to build a new settlement in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after Trump. Settlements Minister Tzipi Hotovely wrote on Facebook that her ministry will start preparations for Ramat Trump — Hebrew for “Trump Heights” — to house 300 families. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli cabinet minister says the government has approved plans to build a new settlement in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after President Donald Trump.

Israel’s settlements minister wrote on Facebook Sunday that her ministry will start preparations for “Trump Heights” to house 300 families.

The approval advances a project announced last year with great pomp and fanfare, after Trump signed an executive order in March 2019 recognizing the strategic mountainous plateau as Israeli territory.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, and most of the international community considers Israeli settlements in the territory illegal under international law.

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