Israel's minister wants to name new train station in Jerusalem after Trump


Just three weeks after President Trump officially announced the United States will move its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing the city as the capitol of Israel, a number of other countries are following America's lead.

Minister Katz also chose to name it the Donald J. Trump station, after the American president who recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Transportation Minister Israel Katz is planning to extend a rail system from Tel Aviv into Jerusalem, including two underground stations in the capital city.

Earlier in May, Trump became the first U.S. President to visit the wall, which is considered one of the holiest sites in Judaism, during his trip to Israel.

Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonot reported Wednesday that there will be an additional station along the way, in the Western part of Jerusalem, and that the train will feature a VIP vehicle to transport visiting dignitaries directly from the airport to the Western Wall.

Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said the change amounts to "a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign", and that Guatemala has no intention of changing their mind.

To date, the only country that has said it will move its embassy, too, is Guatemala.

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6 led to nearly unanimous support from across the Israeli political spectrum but sparked waves of protests across the world.

The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and a longstanding global consensus holds that the fate of the city should be decided through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Guatemala on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) said its decision to follow the U.S. in moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was a "sovereign" matter that should not affect ties with other countries. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem and the Old City, home to Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, as capital of a future state.

Katz has previously proposed other ambitious infrastructure projects, including an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip that would serve as an air and seaport for the Palestinian territory, and a railway connecting Israel with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

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