Israel set to build 'Trump station' near Western Wall
28 December, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Marjorie Miles
"I chose to call the new train station which will be established in the Jewish Quarter near the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the name of President Donald Trump, because of his historical and fearless decision to recognize Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, as the capital of the state of Israel and his intention to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem", saidKatz.
Israel's transportation minister is planning to name a train station in Jerusalem after President DonaldTrump as a gesture for recognizing the holy city as the capital of Israel.
The train station would sit in close proximity to the Western Wall, a holy site for worshipers of Judaism and a tourist attraction that brings in roughly 11 million visitors a year. Foreign embassies and most other diplomatic missions, including the U.S. Embassy, are based in Tel Aviv.
Sabri added: "Giving the name of Trump to this project will not give it any legitimacy".
Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital.
A council resolution in the coastal city of Ashkelon would name a road "Trump Declaration Street", echoing the title of the "Balfour Declaration" of 1917, in which the British government committed to a Jewish home in British-mandatory Palestine.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Israel has been building a rail line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem since 2001, and Katz has recently approved excavations for the planned section of that line that will go underground in Jerusalem.
The tunnel would have two stations about 70ft below ground, "City Centre" and "DonaldTrump, Western Wall", near an ancient expressway in the Old City's Jewish Quarter called the Cardo.
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 auto to transport visiting dignitaries directly from the airport to the Western Wall.
Katz, who is also intelligence minister and sees himself as a future prime minister, has served as transport minister for eight years. Jews believe the area just beyond the wall marks the foundation stone of the world's creation and is the place where Abraham was instructed by God to sacrifice his son Isaac.
The Western Wall is at the foot of the Haram Al-Sharif compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock.
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