Israel moves to name Golan Heights settlement after Trump

first_imgRamat Trump (Golan Heights): The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet convened in this hamlet Sunday to inaugurate a new settlement named after President Donald Trump in a gesture of appreciation for the U.S. leader’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory. The settlement isn’t exactly new. Currently known as Bruchim, it is over 30 years old and has a population of 10 people. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonIsrael is hoping the rebranded “Ramat Trump,” Hebrew for “Trump Heights,” will encourage a wave of residents to vastly expand it. “It’s absolutely beautiful,” said US Ambassador David Friedman, who attended Sunday’s ceremony. Noting that Trump celebrated his birthday on Friday, he said: “I can’t think of a more appropriate and a more beautiful birthday present.” Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in 1981. Most of the international community considers the move illegal under international law. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorBut during a visit to Washington by Netanyahu in March, just weeks before Israeli elections, Trump signed an executive order recognizing the strategic mountainous plateau as Israeli territory. The decision, the latest in a series of diplomatic moves benefiting Israel, was widely applauded in Israel. “Few things are more important to the security of the state of Israel than permanent sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Friedman said. “It is simply obvious, it is indisputable and beyond any reasonable debate.” After the Cabinet decision, Netanyahu and Friedman unveiled a sign trimmed in gold with the name “Trump Heights” and adorned with U.S. and Israeli flags. Trump retweeted photos Friedman posted of the event and thanked Netanyahu “and the State of Israel for this great honor!” Addressing the ceremony, Netanyahu called Trump a “great friend” of Israel and described the Golan, which overlooks northern Israel, as an important strategic asset. “The Golan Heights was and will always be an inseparable part of our country and homeland,” he said. Developing Ramat Trump will not be easy. Ringed by high yellow grass and land mines, it is roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Syrian border and a half hour drive from the nearest Israeli town, Kiryat Shmona, a community of about 20,000 people near the Lebanese border.last_img read more

The Criminal Assets Bureau has a really good rating on eBay

first_imgTHE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau has got a ‘thumbs up’ from its first eBay client.The agency tested out the online auction site last month as an avenue to sell off assets it seizes from criminals in the State.The experiment involved a ladies Rolex watch that had been confiscated from a Limerick man in September.The new owner was delighted with the whole process, giving user ‘ ‘proceedsofcrimeact1996‘ some stellar feedback.“Great communication, very fast delivery. Great Seller, will buy again AAAA+,” they said, keeping the CAB’s rating at 100 per cent positive.But, as of today, no further items have been put up for sale.The used Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, worth about €9,000, was sold to the highest bidder for €7,000.CAB had described the item as a Christmas present from 2011. It came with the original box, documentation and a 24-month jewellers guarantee from Keanes of Cork, Limerick and Killarney.As with all CAB auctions of seized items, proceeds of the sale boost the Exchequer.Read: CAB selling criminal’s Rolex…on eBayRelated: Limerick criminal’s Rolex sells for €7,000 on eBayToday: Cocaine worth €385,000 and parts of 8 stolen vehicles seizedlast_img read more