Israeli Minister Plans to Name Train Station After Trump Following Jerusalem Decision
Israel’s transportation minister is moving forward with a plan to expand Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he intends to name a future station after Donald Trump.
Yisrael Katz said he wanted to honor the US president for his decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
The expected new railway tunnel and station would be an extension of a high-speed line from Tel Aviv that is set to open in 2018, The Jerusalem Post is reporting.
The UN cultural agency Unesco, which has appointed the Old City a World Heritage site, has also shown concern about the tunneling.
The tunnel would have two stations about 70ft below ground, “City Centre” and “Donald Trump, Western Wall”, near an ancient expressway in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter called the Cardo.
Trump’s declaration earlier this month was condemned by Palestinian leaders and sparked violent protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
“The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after President Trump – following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” Katz said.
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