Israeli minister condemns Sanders' remarks on "racist" Netanyahu government

"I'm here on the attractive Golan Heights", Netanyahu began in a video.

Netanyahu said there was "a need to express our appreciation by calling a community or neighborhood on the Golan Heights after Donald Trump".

Israel annexed the mountain plateau in 1981, a move unrecognized by most of the global community.

Last month, Netanyahu traveled to the White House to meet with Trump about the decree to recognize Golan as Israeli territory. Israelis built settlements on the Golan Heights, which the United Nations condemned in 1981. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Addressing a televised CNN event alongside other Democratic candidates on Monday, Vermont senator Sanders said he was "100 percent pro-Israel" but proposed changing USA policy toward it.

But America and other countries did not officially recognize Israel's claim. He signed the actual proclamation on March 25 when Netanyahu visited the White House, in a move seen by some as timed to help the Israeli premier in his re-election bid. "So we remember the proclamation of the great King Cyrus the Great - Persian King", Netanyahu said. "We remember seventy years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state".

In 2017 Trump also broke decades of US policy and announced that he recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The Golan Heights community is just one more historic way Israel will honor Trump, and it is an honor well deserved.

  • Joey Payne