New Jerusalem Train Station To Be Named After Trump

New Jerusalem Train Station To Be Named After Trump

The Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on Wednesday said the country's leadership will resort to the United Nations to "punish" Guatemala for its decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Israel's transportation minister is planning to name a train station in Jerusalem after President Donald Trump as a gesture for recognizing the holy city as the capital of Israel.

'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 fearless decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, ' Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told the Jerusalem Post.

In addition to the station, Trump-naming frenzy has swept across Jerusalem and Israel, where multiple municipal projects are expected to bear the name of the 45th President.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital.

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The planned railway at at the historically and religiously significant site could be as divisive as Mr Trump's Jerusalem declaration.

"There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement", Trump said in early December.

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.

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

In a statement released over the holiday, the U.S. mission to the United Nations said next year's budget would be slashed by over $285m and unspecified reductions would also be made to the UN's management and support functions.

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The railway station will take a year to plan and about four years to build at a cost of $215 million, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation said.

And the proposed extension of a high-speed rail link from Tel Aviv would see a subway stop built next to the Western Wall. The line will run from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Katz's proposal is likely to face opposition as the global community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem and the Old City which Israel captured in 1967 and then annexed.

A longstanding global consensus holds that the fate of the city should be decided through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Two sections - largely underground - of the line run through the West Bank, which is land the Palestinians envision for a future state, a position widely held as the global consensus.

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