Israel’s government formally established a new town on Sunday in honor of President Donald Trump.
The government named the new town in an afternoon ceremony on the Golan Heights in the presence of the U.S. mission to Israel.
The new town was officially named “Ramat Trump” by the government cabinet, in the Golan town of Kela Alon near the site of the new community that is to be built.
The cabinet formally voted to approve the establishment of Ramat Trump, with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the members of the cabinet at the ceremony to celebrate the event.
“This is a historic day,” Netanyahu said. “We are about to approve construction of a new town in the Golan, something that hasn’t happened in quite a long time…and we’ll be honoring a friend of Israel, President Donald Trump, who recently recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, the first foreign leader to do so.”
Ambassador Friedman followed the prime minister’s remarks with a few of his own, thanking him for the decision to name the new town after President Trump.
The ambassador called it an “extraordinary gesture that you and the State of Israel are making to the President of the United States…It is well-deserved, but much appreciated. We look forward to working with you and with the Government of Israel to continue to strengthen the alliance between the United States and Israel.”