Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

New Jerusalem Train Station To Be Named After Trump

New Jerusalem Train Station To Be Named After Trump

If Jerusalem's soon-to-open high-speed rail line was extended to the Western Wall, what would the station be called? "It would be just another implementation of the unacceptable decision of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel". The Western Wall is part of the structure that once held Jerusalem's holy temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, left, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

Trump's controversial shift on the holy city has sparked angry protests by Palestinians and was rejected in a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution.

Trump announced his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in early December, a move that broke away from over 20-years of indecision from previous USA presidents.

The transportation minister ordered officials in his ministry to define this project a top priority mission.

Katz's office said in a statement that the minister advanced the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives, and has fast-tracked it in the planning committees.

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Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has vowed to move his country's embassy to East Jerusalem in support of the Palestinians, but he'll have to get permission from the Israeli government first. The General Assembly voted to condemn the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy there.

The ministry spokesman told AP that despite expected opposition, the project is expected to be approved next year.

'There's no reason why this train won't be built, ' he said.

Trump made history in early May when he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall, though he did so without any Israeli government officials, in apparent recognition of the sensitivity of his visit. He received a thank you letter from Trump, which said, "I am thankful for your gesture and am moved to know that the people of Israel are encouraged by my decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".

The train line planned by Katz is an extension of a new high-speed rail link set to open next year connecting Jerusalem to Israel's commercial center in Tel Aviv and the country's airport nearby.

The move was hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum.

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