Western Wall Train Station Will Be Named After Trump

'The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I chose to name the train station that leads to it after president Trump - following his historic and courageous decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, ' Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told the Jerusalem Post.

US President Donald Trump on December 6 signed a proclamation recognizing the Holy City as Israel's capital.

Transport Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) on Tuesday approved the recommendations of the steering committee of Israel Railways, to establish the "Kotel" rail station in the Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, a few dozen yards from the Western Wall.

Following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump in January, moves toward brokering a new peace settlement between Palestine and Israel were put in place by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a close family advisor to the strikingly unpopular former reality television star. Officials said, however, that the move will take years to complete.

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. 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.

"It's a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem" and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the USA move, the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier on Sunday, Guatemalan President Morales, through his official Facebook account, said that after talks with Netanyahu, he had made a decision to instruct his foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The DFA was referring to the proposal recommending Palestine be partitioned into an Arab State and a Jewish State, with a special worldwide status for the city of Jerusalem under the administrative authority of the UN.

But the move has prompted weeks of protest in Arab and Muslim countries around the world and numerous "days of rage" in Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank.

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.


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