Israel will name a new train station after President Trump announced the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv will move to Jerusalem.
The announcement comes after the United Nations defied President Trump, voting 128 to 9 against his decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to the Holy City. Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said the stop, which will be called the “Donald John Trump, Western Wall” station, was a tribute to the US President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Mr Katz told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper: “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to call the train station that leads to it after President Trump following his historic and brave decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”
The high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway has been under construction since 2001 and will complement the existing, slower railway that already operates between the two cities. The project has been marked by numerous setbacks and delays.
The project would extend the soon-to-open multi-billion-pound rail line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and help ferry the some 11 million tourists and worshippers a year to the wall.The project is estimated to cost more than $700 million and, if approved, would take four years to complete.
The announcement comes weeks after Mr Trump ordered the State Department to begin the process of moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognise the latter as the country’s capital.
The declaration sparked protests around the Muslim world, which turned violent in the Palestinian territories and led to the deaths of several demonstrators.