He took to Twitter and posted a photo, captioned:
"Establishing a new community in the Golan Heights named after a friend of Israel, US President [Donald Trump]. A historic day!"
Establishing a new community in the Golan Heights named after a friend of Israel, US President @realDonaldTrump. A… https://t.co/QJ3E6CQxSE— Benjamin Netanyahu (@Benjamin Netanyahu)1560703920.0
The unveiling of 'Trump Heights' town in Golan Heights with Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu and US Ambassador Da… https://t.co/MFAIQVs43Q— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS English)1560697148.0
A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedi… https://t.co/bpjAbYUQg9— David M. Friedman (@David M. Friedman)1560699915.0
Shortly after, President Trump thanked Netanyahu.
"Thank you Mr. Prime Minister, a great honor!"
Thank you Mr. Prime Minister, a great honor! https://t.co/ozLz84g3i0— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1560737881.0
@realDonaldTrump Don’t get too excited. Just like all those buildings that used to have your tainted name on it, th… https://t.co/9DDSGB5ObA— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy)1560739761.0
But not so fast says Senior Diplomatic correspondent based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Barak Ravid. He took to Twitter to refute Netanyahu's claim.
"To my dear friends in the international press: A settlement by the name of 'Trump Heights' or 'Ramat Trump' doesn't exist. It [may] exist in the future but the Israeli cabinet still hasn't even decided to do it. For now there's only a sign. A huge sign. Like Kim Jong Un's envelopes."
To my dear friends in the international press: A settlement by the name of "Trump Heights" or "Ramat Trump" doesn't… https://t.co/iD8iBbtvNR— Barak Ravid (@Barak Ravid)1560715473.0
Israel's Netanyahu inaugurates non-existent 'Trump Heights' town in the Golan https://t.co/39oPyLkDum— Barak Ravid (@Barak Ravid)1560715870.0
Welcome to Trump Heights, the Israeli town that doesn't exist: There's no more fitting tribute to Trump than a gian… https://t.co/9wZeThxE2O— Gregg Carlstrom (@Gregg Carlstrom)1560743596.0
People called the move by Netanyahu out as an attempt to manipulate Trump. And declared it successful.
Netanyahu unveiled a "Trump Heights" sign at a ceremony today to honor Trump for recognising Israeli sovereignty ov… https://t.co/ZB0uAFSjx0— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1560720729.0
Few people supported Netanyahu's announcement.
@netanyahu @robdelaney @realDonaldTrump 🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮— ben stone (@ben stone)1560716008.0
@benrockstone @netanyahu @robdelaney @realDonaldTrump I Second this 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮— Tony Rico (@Tony Rico)1560720294.0
@TDRico @benrockstone @netanyahu @robdelaney @realDonaldTrump I third this 🤮🤮🤮🤮— KING MB 🇭🇹🇭🇹 (@KING MB 🇭🇹🇭🇹)1560720396.0
@Brutusmiz @TDRico @benrockstone @netanyahu @robdelaney @realDonaldTrump I 4ourth this 🤮🤮🤮🤮— Kuda Jr (@Kuda Jr)1560721635.0
@_kathra @KudaCjr @Brutusmiz @TDRico @benrockstone @netanyahu @robdelaney @realDonaldTrump 6th extinction 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮— KewlBern🔥#OneOfTheSquad (@KewlBern🔥#OneOfTheSquad)1560724816.0
Others called an actual eventual settlement ill advised.
@BarakRavid If Israel wants to have an ally in America after Trump leaves office, this town better never exist.— Jason Melrath (@Jason Melrath)1560717472.0
@JasonMelrath @BarakRavid They could base Israel's first clown college there and that would make it OK.— WC (@WC)1560718045.0
In reality, Netanyahu took the entire Israeli cabinet to the Golan Heights. The current Prime Minister then stated the cabinet would pass a resolution establishing "Ramat Trump."
But what they passed said the government could not make the decision with an election coming in September. What really happened was:
- Ministry of Housing will start preliminary planning work
- No funds allocated to build the Ramat Trump
- Netanyahu placed a huge sign with the name in the spot it might be located sometime in the future if approved
- Netanyahu and Ambassador Friedman unveiled the sign in front of the cameras and praised Trump.
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