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Israel approves building of Trump Heights

Israel’s cabinet has approved plans to build a new village named for U.S. President Donald Trump in the Golan Heights. The announcement was made on the 74th birthday of the U.S. leader.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled plans to build the community known as “Trump Heights” (Ramat Trump in Hebrew) after the American leader signed an executive order recognizing the strategic area as under Israeli sovereignty territory in March 2019.

“We will begin practical steps in establishing the community of Ramat Trump on the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said during yesterday’s cabinet session.

Local media is reporting that the government has allocated $2.3 million for development of the village, which is intended to house around 300 families.

Netanyahu also once again hailed the United States and its leadership for sanctioning the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the launching of war crimes investigations into alleged military misconduct by the U.S. in Afghanistan and  Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“The court in The Hague is a political body that that is hostile toward Israel, the U.S. and other democracies that respect human rights even as it ignores other countries that violate human rights, especially – of course – the terrorist regime in Iran,” charged Netanyahu.

He then accused the ICC of fabricating “absurd accusations against the State of Israel, including the scandalous claim that the presence of Jews in the heart of our homeland constitutes a war crime.”  This he said “contravenes common sense; it contravenes international law since the San Remo Conference 100 years ago and it contravenes justice.”

The Israeli leader then underscored his gratitude to “President Trump and the American administration again for their stand on the side of truth and justice.”