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Israeli PM Announces to Name a New Community in the Golan Heights

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would name a new community in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump.
Israeli PM Announces to Name a New Community in the Golan Heights

Details:

  • President Trump has officially recognised the disputed area as Israeli territory.
  • Israel has also stated that in appreciation of the U.S. President, it intends to name a proposed train station near Jerusalem's Western Wall after him.
  • Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed it, in a move not recognized internationally.

About the Golan Heights:

  • Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the closing stages of the 1967 Middle East war and thwarted a Syrian attempt to retake the region during the 1973 war.
  • Golan Heights is located about 60km (40 miles) south-west of the Syrian capital, Damascus and covers about 1,200 sq km (400 sq miles).
  • Israel and Syria remained technically in a state of war.
  • Syria has always insisted that it will not agree a peace deal with Israel unless it withdraws from the whole of the Golan.
  • The last US-brokered direct peace talks broke down in 2000, while Turkey mediated in indirect talks in 2008.
  • There are more than 30 Israeli settlements in the Golan, which are home to an estimated 20,000 people.
  • The settlements are considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.
  • The settlers live alongside some 20,000 Syrians, most of them Druze Arabs, who did not flee when the Golan was captured.

Question:

Q. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would name a new community in the Golan Heights after which US President?
a. Donald Trump
b. Barack Obama
c. Bill Clinton
d. George W. Bush
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