On March 21, President Trump announced via Twitter that the U.S. would give formal recognition to Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reports Haaretz. Soon after, on March 25, Trump signed a proclamation at the White House.
Netanyahu has shown his gratitude by releasing a surprise video on April 23, in which he declared that a town would be named after Trump, in honor of his decision. Three weeks after that, on May 12, Netanyahu revealed the newly chosen site.
The residents of the community are not as enthusiastic as Netanyahu. 63-year-old Nina Missin says, “Really, I just don’t know what to think yet. It could go either way. It could get better for us, it could get worse. If I owned the house I live in, it could be a great thing. But I don’t know what’s going to happen. If we’re being honest, I don’t think anyone else knows what this means for us right now either.”
Residents of Kela Alon, a residential middle-class settlement, expressed doubt and confusion when they heard about the plans to honor Trump. They believe that their community is to be expanded and renamed.
Many protest this action: on the main road, one can read signs that say “Kela Alon is not for sale” and “Ramat Trump — not here!”
72-year-old Mene Ender explains that this opposition was based on a misunderstanding of the government’s plans.
“IIt had nothing to do with politics — not with opposing Trump or Netanyahu. It’s not a right-wing or a left-wing place. It’s a politically diverse community.”