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Trump Heights in the Golan Heights, inaugurated June 16 2019

A second community in Israel intends to honor U.S. President Donald Trump, this time by naming a central city square for him.

The central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah announced Monday that ‘Trump Square’ – Kikar Trump – will be inaugurated in a special ceremony on the eve of the Hebrew month of Tamuz, which this year coincidentally falls on the evening prior to the Fourth of July.

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Mayor Rami Greenberg will lead the festivities together with representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Israel, and lawmakers from Israel’s Knesset.

“The State of Israel has not had a sympathetic and supportive president than US President Donald Trump,” Greenberg said in his announcement. “We appreciate and appreciate his support for the State of Israel and its residents and it is fitting that a central square in the fourth largest city in the State of Israel be named after him.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to the mayor to express his support for the move, underscoring the numerous examples of the president’s “true friendship” for the State of Israel. He also noted the unique importance of the honor and its location:

“The fact that President Trump is being honored in Petah Tikvah is of great importance,” Netanyahu wrote. “The establishment of Petah Tikva, the mother of the moshavot, in 1878, is considered a pioneering act that paved the way for the redemption of the land. The founders of the colony knew many difficulties, but they did not give up, and their stubbornness paid off – as the years passed Petah Tikva established itself, its status as a city, and mother in Israel, whose development has not stopped.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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