Welcome to Trumpopolis: Israeli PM Netanyahu’s plan to name Golan town after Trump ridiculed online
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheme to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump has been lambasted on social media.
PM Netanyahu announced the idea on Twitter on Tuesday as a way to thank President Trump for his “historic decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” but he was quickly met with scorn and derision.
I'm here on the beautiful Golan Heights. All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. pic.twitter.com/ikgZhA01lt— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) April 23, 2019
I mean, I guess if you gotta name something after Trump, a war crime is probably the most fitting. https://t.co/oXSpayPr2S— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) April 23, 2019
Like the days of Imperial Rome... https://t.co/VG8bRhWbTW— Daniel McAdams (@DanielLMcAdams) April 23, 2019
Talk about putting a target on a town....https://t.co/E7EbklIoKc— Jeffrey St. Clair (@JSCCounterPunch) April 23, 2019
Some people sought to give the PM a history lesson, reminding him that the Golan Heights territory was illegally captured from Syria during Israel’s 1967 war with Egypt and other Arab states.
Translation: How land thief Netanyahu says thank you to land thief Trump for approving of Israel stealing #Syria’s Golan Heights and recognizing its faux sovereignty over land that doesn’t belong to it, all in flagrant violation of international law. https://t.co/M87JS5Xl46— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) April 23, 2019
Other users offered some creative suggestions for what name to give the town.
In honor of Trump selling out America to Israel:Traitorville, Treasonfield or Betrayalburg sound good.— AaronNiswander (@aaron_niswander) April 23, 2019
Trumpopolis.— Morning's Minion ✝️ (@KindeandTrue) April 23, 2019
"Netanyahu wants to name an illegal settlement in Syria's Golan Heights after Trump"He's apparently going to call it 'Comb-over'.— 🇵🇸 Leo D #Lexit ❌ (@x__Leo__x) April 23, 2019
Another person suggested Netanyahu call the town “La Brea,” after the famous tar pits in California.
President Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s claim over the Golan Heights is only the latest in a series of Israel-friendly moves. In 2017 Trump also reversed long standing US policy and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital city and relocated the US embassy there, and one year later shut down Palestinian diplomatic offices in Washington, DC.