A new train station to be built near the Western wall in Jerusalem would be named after United States President, Donald Trump, an official has said.
Israel’s Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, made the announcement on Wednesday.
Mr. Katz said he decided to honour Mr. Trump this way following the president’s decision early this month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to ultimately move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
“The Western Wall is the holiest site of the Jewish people and I have decided to name the train station leading to it after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, following his courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” the Associated Press quoted Mr. Katz as saying.
Mr. Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn condemnations from leaders across the world. The move was also condemned by the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Katz approved the recommendations of an Israel Railways steering committee, which proposed the development of the Western Wall train station at the Cardo, an ancient street in the Jewish Quarter near the Kotel.
Donald John Trump station, as Katz called it, was one of two stations proposed for an extension to a new high-speed line nearing completion between Tel Aviv and the western entrance to Jerusalem via Ben-Gurion International Airport and the city of Modi’in.
Mr. Katz called the rail extension to the Old City, “the Transportation Ministry’s most important national project.”
The cost of the project was estimated at 2.5 billion shekels, approximately, $720 million.
The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray. In May, Mr. Trump was the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall.
The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to rejects President Trump’s controversial declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump threatened to withhold aid in retaliation for a vote condemning his position.
The U.N. body voted 128-9 to declare Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.” Thirty-five nations abstained.
The measure, drafted by U.S. ally Egypt, urges nations to support U.N. resolutions dating to 1967 — when Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan — that call for Jerusalem’s status to be decided through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
The U.S. President, Donald Trump, has threatened to cut financial aid to countries that back a United Nations resolution opposing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mr. Trump earlier in December formally recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said the U.S. embassy will be moved to the disputed city.
The U.S. decision was condemned by other World leaders. The UN Security Council voted against recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Security Council resolution affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem were “null and void and must be rescinded”, and urged all states to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city”. The U.S., Continue reading “Trump to cut aid to countries that support UN resolution on jerusalem”
EU foreign ministers on Monday in Brussels rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to join the U.S. in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Earlier, Mr. Netanyahu had asked the EU to ask allies to join the U.S. in Jerusalem move, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.
Making his first ever visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, Mr. Netanyahu said President Donald Trump’s move made peace in the Middle East possible “because recognising reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace.”
Mr. Trump announced on December 6 that the U.S. would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy and international consensus that the ancient city’s status must be decided in Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem after capturing it in a 1967 war, considers the entire city to be its capital while Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, senior U.S. officials said.
The decision would upend decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East.
Facing an outcry of opposition from Arab capitals, Mr. Trump, in a landmark speech, will announce he has ordered the State Department to begin developing a plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv in what is expected to be a process that takes three to four years, the officials said.
He will not set a timetable for the move.
Mr. Trump will sign a national security waiver that authorises him to delay the embassy relocation for now, since the U.S. diplomats do not yet have a building in Jerusalem to move into, security arrangements or housing for diplomats, the officials said.