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    Golan Heights: Israel unveils 'Trump Heights' settlement

    But like many things Trump, it is all hype and no substance.

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled a new settlement in the occupied Golan Heights, named after US President Donald Trump.

    At a naming ceremony on Sunday, Mr Netanyahu said Trump Heights honoured Mr Trump for his decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

    Building work has yet to begin but a sign bearing Mr Trump's name and US and Israeli flags was unveiled.

    Critics called the move a publicity stunt with no legal authority.

    Israel seized the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. In March, the US became the first country to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the area since Israel effectively annexed it in 1981.

    "This is a historic day," said Mr Netanyahu, hailing President Trump as "a friend of Israel".

    US Ambassador David Friedman, who attended the ceremony, called the settlement "well deserved, but much appreciated".

    Israel's premier pledged in April to name a new settlement after Mr Trump, soon after the president overturned decades of US policy by recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan.

    The region is located about 60km (40 miles) south-west of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and covers about 1,000 sq km (400 sq miles).

    The new settlement is expected to be built near Kela in the northern Golan Heights.

    On Sunday, Israel's cabinet approved Mr Netanyahu's resolution for an "initiative to establish" a new Golan Heights community.

    But the resolution falls short of declaring the establishment of a settlement, and no money has yet been earmarked for construction.

    Political opponents of the scheme have also noted that, legally, no new localities can be established before Israel's elections in September.

    "Anyone who reads the fine print in this 'historic' decision will understand that this is nothing more than a nonbinding, fake policy," former cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser told the Times of Israel.

    "Let's hope President Trump does not know that his name is being used for this public relations exercise," he added.
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    Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara admits misusing public funds

    The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted to misuse of state funds and will have to pay $15,000 (£11,910).

    Sara Netanyahu was accused of spending $99,300 on outside catering while falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the PM's residence.

    She was charged with fraud and breach of trust last year.

    Her lawyer said the case had nothing to do with her and said it was an attempt to bring down her husband.

    Under a plea deal, Mrs Netanyahu will repay the state $12,490 and pay a fine of $2,777.

    She will have a criminal record though the charges she faced were reduced, the Jerusalem Post reported.

    Prosecutor Erez Padan said that the prosecution had made "significant concessions" that led to a "balanced and right plea deal." He said the compromise had saved the court from calling on 80 witnesses.

    "The prosecution is aware there isn't full correlation between the sum and the criminal offence, however in the framework of the legal procedure, a full correlation is not obligatory," he said.

    Last year, Mrs Netanyahu's lawyers argued that she had not been made aware of the procedures about outside catering and that the meals had been ordered by the household manager and served to visiting dignitaries.

    Responding to the charges, Mr Netanyahu said in a statement: "Sara Netanyahu is a strong and honourable woman and there has never been any fault in her actions."

    In 2016, a court awarded $47,000 in damages to a former housekeeper who accused Mrs Netanyahu of workplace abuse. The court accepted Meni Naftali's claim that he had been insulted and verbally abused.

    Separately, Prime Minister Netanyahu is facing his own legal battles. The Israeli attorney general informed him in February that he intended to indict him on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three cases, pending a final hearing.

    The final hearing, at which the prime minister and his lawyers will be able to argue against the allegations, is scheduled to take place in October.

    Mr Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and claimed that he is the victim of a political "witch-hunt".

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    This news story may validate following claim:

    Expert reverses course, says Trump's ‘most pro-Israel president ever’

    That said, some caution should be exercised as such stories can inadvertently further boost damaging trends like these:

    Anti-semitism against Trump is on the rise

    A man wears a Trump yarmulke while waiting for U.S. President Donald Trump to address the Republican Jewish Coalition 2019 Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 6, 2019.. (photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    But like many things Trump, it is all hype and no substance.
    That's got to be a satire piece by the BBC. Please tell me so,..please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTexan View Post
    Can we just rename it to Trump Heights? It has a nice ring to it.
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