Israel plans a Trump station as Trump-naming frenzy sweeps country
28 December, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Jason Torres
Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital.
Katzsaid that he had chosen a proposed subway stop near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City right in the middle of the area that the Palestinians want as their own future capital.
He said that "giving the name of Trump to this project will not give it any legitimacy".
The Western Wall train proposal will likely face opposition from the global community, which doesn't recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and the Old City, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed.
In doing so, President Trump kept a campaign promise that he made in 2016, a promise also made by three other US presidents in recent decades, but which no prior president was willing to fulfill.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem among whose shrines are Islam's third-holiest mosque, Al-Aqsa as the capital of a state they seek in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
That's the proposal Israel's transport minister recently pushed forward, according to an Associated Press report.
A transport ministry spokesman told AP that the project would take four years to complete and was estimated to cost $700m.
Katz said a high-speed rail station would allow visitors to reach "the beating heart of the Jewish people - the Western Wall and the Temple Mount".
But dedicating the rail station to Trump is a way of thanking him for what he did earlier in December, when he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said he intends to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
'There's no reason why this train won't be built, ' he said.
In an address earlier this month from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace, a new approach was long overdue.
"Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu". Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city's holy sites.
In May, Trump became the first USA president to visit the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, during his term in office.
The national daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth was first to report Tuesday that Katz had approved final construction plans for the train, which will include excavating a 2-mile tunnel from the Umma (nation) station at the entrance to the city to the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter.
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