US President Donald Trump is famous for putting his name on hotels and casinos. But now Israel is naming an entire community after him in thanks for his having recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel.
Times of Israel Israel gained control of the territory more than 50 years ago after it was attacked by 6 Arab countries, including Syria, former occupier of the Golan, in the Six Day War of 1967. But the United Nations and most countries still consider it occupied Syrian land. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he’d rename Kela Bruchim in the US president’s honor.
Naming a town after Trump would not be the first time that Israeli leaders have honored the US president with an eponymous site, but it would be the most significant.
In December 2017, responding to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced that he would name a train station near the Western Wall after the US president.
In May 2018, after Trump moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the city’s mayor at the time, Nir Barkat, announced he would name a square near the building after the US president. Soccer team Beitar Jerusalem even followed suit, declaring that the team would rename itself after Trump.