President Donald Trump defied much of the international community when he announced his decision to recognize the Holy City of Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital city.
He subsequently moved the United States embassy into Jerusalem.
The move was met with resistance from the United Nations in the form of a non-binding resolution which did not recognize Trump’s decision, but Israel’s foreign ministry recently announced a major accolade for the U.S. President.
President Trump followed through on his campaign promise and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Read more about the President's first year accomplishments: https://t.co/MmTiv2ssv5 pic.twitter.com/63NCaokbTO
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 26, 2017
In the announcement, per various reports, the Israeli government said they would be extending their nation’s train system to the western wall – a sacred site for religious sects – and naming it after Trump.
Per Fox News:
Israel could end up naming a future train station at the Western Wall after President Trump in honor of his “brave decision” to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel’s transportation minister Yisrael Katz plans to extend Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high speed rail to the Western Wall. The plan involves constructing two underground stations and excavating over 2 miles of tunnel beneath Jerusalem and under the politically and historically sensitive Old City.
Jerusalem Post reports Katz as saying, “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to call the train station that leads to it after President Trump.”
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) December 27, 2017
Here’s more from NBC News:
The project would extend Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high-speed rail line from Tel Aviv to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray.
The route will run close to — but not directly under — the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and buried, and a contested holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) December 27, 2017
And CBS News:
Israel’s transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to extend Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he wants to name a future station after President Donald Trump.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Avner Ovadia said Wednesday the project is estimated to cost more than $700 million and, if approved, would take four years to complete.
Israel wants to build 'Trump station' near Western Wall https://t.co/NVVdbTeDzA
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 27, 2017
Trump’s decision was met with immediate resistance from regional Palestinian groups, Politico reports:
The announcement from Trump was condemned especially loudly by Palestinian leaders, who swore off any U.S. involvement in future peace talks. The U.S. president’s announcement sparked protests and violence in the Middle East, as well as a U.N. General Assembly resolution criticizing Trump’s decision.
The planned train station bearing Trump’s name also drew criticism from Palestinian leaders.
— POLITICO (@politico) December 27, 2017
Per Fox News, the train construction plan is predicted to similarly face opposition from these groups:
The Western Wall train proposal will likely face opposition from the international community, which doesn’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and the Old City, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem and the Old City, home to Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, as capital of a future state.
Israel could soon name a train station after President Trump pic.twitter.com/58zADJKkIS
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) December 27, 2017
Associated Press adds that “heavy resistance” could extend to “the Palestinians, neighboring Arab countries and the international community.”
Israeli minister unveils plan to extend train line into Jerusalem's Old City, with station named after President Trump built at the Western Wall. https://t.co/TM6AiGjMcG
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 27, 2017
Katz’s office said the minister advanced the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives, and has fast-tracked it in the planning committees.
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.” He proposed naming the station after Trump “for his brave and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital” earlier this month.