Israel to Name Train Station in Jerusalem in Honor of President Trump

Israel to Name Train Station in Jerusalem in Honor of President Trump

Israel to Name Train Station in Jerusalem in Honor of President Trump

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales announced the switch Christmas Eve, becoming the first country to follow President Trump's controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday when the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Yisrael Katz's plan, now in the initial stages, involves constructing two underground stations and excavating over 3km of tunnel beneath downtown Jerusalem and under the politically sensitive Old City.

In May, Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the wall during his trip to Israel.

The Western Wall, visited by 11 million people a year, is part of the remaining rampart built around the Second Temple, destroyed in A.D. Explaining that the Guatemalans would not make the move before the US did, Israel's ambassador to Guatemala said on Tuesday that it could take years, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previously called three years "ambitious".

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The Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday dismissed media reports that the country is in talks with Israel to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern sector, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and is home to sensitive religious Jewish, Muslim and Christian sites.

Construction of the Jerusalem Convention Center station of the future Jerusalem-Tel Aviv express train, December 20, 2015.

Following the announcement that Guatemala has made a decision to move its embassy to Yerushalyim, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement predicting that "other countries will recognize Jerusalem and announce the relocation of their embassies". It will join a slower railway already linking the two cities.

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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