Israeli PM Netanyahu says he’ll name Golan settlement after Trump (VIDEO)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will name a settlement in the Golan Heights after Donald Trump, in a show of gratitude for the US president's decision to recognize the region as Israeli territory.

“In honor of President Trump, who recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, [Israel] will soon call for a settlement in the Golan Heights in his name. Happy holiday!” a message posted from Netanyahu’s Twitter account said on Tuesday.

PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new community in the Golan Heights after Donald Trump, as a token of appreciation for his recognition of Israel's eternal sovereignty over the Golan.

Trump announced he was recognizing the Golan Heights as being part of Israel late last month, in the run up to Israel’s election in April.

Israel occupied the Syrian region in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in 1981 in a move that was not recognized by the international community or the UN Security Council. About 40,000 people live in the Golan, half are Druze and Alawites, and half are Jewish settlers.

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The PM’s decision to name a settlement after Trump is just the latest gesture of admiration the Israeli leader has displayed for his US counterpart. Netanyahu’s Likud party shared posters of Trump and Netanyahu around Israel before the election, while Trump told American Jews that Netanyahu was “your prime minister” as he celebrated his recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory at the Republican Jewish Coalition convention earlier this month.

Trump has also recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US embassy there, and pulled funding to Palestinian aid organizations.

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Israeli soldiers shoot blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian teen fleeing arrest for stone-throwing

Israeli soldiers shot a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian teenager who was attempting to flee after being detained for suspected stone-throwing in the West Bank on Thursday.

The minor was detained by the Israeli forces after he had been shot, but was later evacuated by Palestinians to receive medical treatment at Beit Jala near Bethlehem. He appears to have been shot in the groin area.

A witness told Haaretz news agency that the boy is 15 years old.

Video taken at the scene shows Israeli soldiers clashing with a group of Palestinians as they attempted to help the wounded teen.

Israeli soldiers shoot bound, blindfolded Palestinian teen trying to flee

A spokesperson for the Israeli military said in a statement there had been "massive stone-throwing" near military forces and civilians and confirmed the incident with the teen "who tried to flee after his arrest" and who was "shot in the lower body." The statement said the incident will be investigated.

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Trump's 'Deal of the Century' to Not Include Palestinian State

“We believe we have a plan that is fair, realistic and implementable that will enable people to live better lives," a Trump administration official said on Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict will be absent of a Palestinian state, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

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The Washington Post article said Trump's deal promises to improve the lives of Palestinians, but will not recognize a fully sovereign Palestinian state.

This peace deal is expected to be rolled out some time in late Spring or early Summer, which is two years after Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner announced that they had established a plan to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

The Washington Post article contends that the Trump peace deal will focus primarily on Israel's security interests and less on Arab territorial concerns. 

“We believe we have a plan that is fair, realistic and implementable that will enable people to live better lives,” a senior White House official said on Friday, as quoted by Israel's Arutz Sheva. “We looked at past efforts and solicited ideas from both sides and partners in the region with the recognition that what has been tried in the past has not worked. Thus, we have taken an unconventional approach founded on not hiding from reality, but instead speaking truth.”

The reason for the delay in releasing this peace plan is due to Trump's desire to wait for Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new coalition in his govenrment, the Washington Post added.

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Israeli Air Force Strikes Syrian City Masyaf

SANA said rockets were launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to multiple media reports, several explosions were heard throughout the Syrian city of Masyaf, which is located in the countryside of Hama, as Israel targeted Syrian military positions with airstrikes.

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The Syrian military disclosed that the country was bombarded with several Israeli missiles, some of which had been successfully intercepted by air defenses; others were able to hit multiple buildings, including a military post in the city nearby a hospital. 

At least three soldiers were injured in the attack on the northwestern region of the country and were transferred for treatment at a hospital, RT reported. 

SANA said the rockets were launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

At least 3 soldiers were injured in the attack on Syria's northwestern region.

On April 7, Syrian Arab News Agency reported that five people had died and over 15 others injured as result of this attack on the outskirts of Masyaf.



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Trump signs declaration recognizing Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

US President Donald Trump has signed a declaration recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.

In a joint press conference with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Trump hailed the “powerful” relationship between the US and Israel, while Netanyahu called the signing “historic justice” and a “diplomatic victory.”

BREAKING: Trump signs declaration declaring Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

The announcement comes less than a week after Trump tweeted support for Israel’s claim to the territory, despite the UN ruling the annexation “null and void.” The Golan Heights is home to some 27,000 Syrians, and the Israeli occupation of the area has been blasted as “completely beyond international law” by the Arab League.

After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!

Netanyahu’s visit to Washington was cut short on Monday morning, after a Palestinian rocket struck a house in a town near Tel Aviv, injuring seven people. As the PM and Trump spoke to the press, Israeli helicopters and jets began pounding Hamas targets in the Gaza strip in retaliation.

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Before returning to Israel, Netanyahu vowed to respond “forcefully” to the “wanton” rocket attack.

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IDF strikes Gaza Strip after Hamas rocket destroys family home

The IDF began striking Hamas terror targets along the Gaza Strip, IDF spokesperson said on Monday afternoon.   

The Israeli airstrike began striking targets across the Gaza Strip in response to a long-range rocket struck a civilian home in central Israel in the morning.

“The IDF has began attacking terrorist targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization across the Gaza Strip. More details to come,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.

The Hamas rocket directly hit the family residence of the Wolf family in Moshav Mishmeret, shattering the house. Had the family not been able to get to a bomb shelter on time, it is likely they would all be killed, Robert Wolf told the press.

The family members were treated for light injuries at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.

Gaza based factions released a joint statement on Monday in which they said that "the whole of Israel will become a target to resistance fire" should Israel strike in the Gaza Strip.  

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Nations around the world blast U.S. position on Golan Heights

The Arab League, Russia, Iran and Turkey have strongly warned the U.S. after President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will recognize Syria's Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The strategic highlands have been under the Israeli occupation since 1967, but Trump's abrupt declaration on Friday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Israel, brings the dispute to a boiling point.

Syria, which declared last month that it was ready to go to another war with Israel for the Golan, condemned Trump's pledge in a statement issued by its Foreign Ministry on Friday.  "The American position towards Syria's occupied Golan Heights clearly reflects the United States' contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of international law.  The irresponsible remarks by Trump, the U.S. president, one more time demonstrated Washington's blind and relentless support for the Israeli occupying regime and its hostile acts."

Following the announcement by Trump, Syria asked the UN Security Council to uphold resolutions urging Israel to withdraw from the region.  In a letter, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari called on the Council to "take practical measures to ensure that the council is fulfilling... its mandate in the implementation of its resolutions" concerning the Golan Heights.  The council will discuss the issue on Wednesday as it reconvenes to discuss renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force deployed between Israel and Syria in the Golan, known as UNDOF.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Trump's statement has brought the region to the edge of a new crisis.  In a speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Erdogan said: "We cannot allow the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights." 

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed shock at Trump's plan.  "This illegal and unacceptable recognition does not change the fact that it belongs to Syria," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in Tehran.  “The Zionist regime, as an occupying regime, has no sovereignty over any Islamic and Arab lands and its occupation (of the Golan) and acts of violation should be swiftly brought to an end."

Qassemi said the only solution to the Golan dispute is to end the Israeli occupation.  He said Trump's "personal and rash decisions reveal yet another reality of U.S. policies that are dangerous to the entire world, and will particularly push this volatile region to successive crises.”  The Islamic Republic, he said, "will closely monitor all future developments in the region and continue its cooperation and consultations with the Syrian government and other countries to take appropriate measures."

Egypt also rejected Trump's remarks, saying it considered the Golan Heights as occupied Syrian land.  The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency MENA that "everyone should respect the resolutions of international legitimacy and the United Nations Charter in respect of the inadmissibility of acquiring land by force."

Meanwhile, America's close foreign policy ally Britain said Friday it had no plans to change its stance on the Israeli-occupied Golan.

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Israeli Navy ready to block Iranian oil exports in transit – Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is prepared to throw the power of its naval force – and urges the world to join in – to block the Iranian oil shipments circumventing unilaterally imposed US sanctions against Tehran.

“Iran is trying to bypass the sanctions on it through the covert smuggling of petroleum via the sea. As these attempts expand, the navy will have a more important role in efforts to block these Iranian actions,” Netanyahu said at a navy cadets’ graduation ceremony in Haifa on Wednesday.

Failing to explain how exactly Israel’s relatively small naval force would impose the suggested blockade against Iranian oil tankers, Netanyahu only emphasized that Israeli sailors are well-trained and adept at carrying out sea missions against adversaries.

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Washington sanctioned Iran’s oil, shipping and banking industries last November after President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 JCPOA ‘Iran Nuclear Deal’ to applause from Israel and to strong objections from the other signatories of the milestone accord and from Tehran’s business partners.

Aiming to reduce Tehran's oil exports to “zero,” the US threatened global oil buyers with secondary sanctions. Then, after the pressure failed to achieve expected results, a handful of countries were granted a special exemption, with Washington generously allowing them to continue buying crude from Tehran, for the time being.

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Furious at American bullying tactics, Iran’s armed forces have said they will protect its fleet of oil tankers against any threats that might jeopardize the shipments. Tehran is especially committed to ensuring safe passage through the narrow Strait of Hormuz, which links the Persian Gulf with the rest of the world.

To tackle what it called Iran’s “illicit” economic activity at sea, Israel would need to expand its operating theater. Currently, the country is primarily active in the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea areas. Whether or not such potential Israeli missions would yield success is questionable, as Iran has far more superior capabilities at sea.

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