Israel to Name New Train Station Near Western Wall After Trump for His ‘Historic and Brave Decision’ to Recognize Jerusalem as Country’s Capital and Move U.S. Embassy There

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.

‘The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after president Trump – following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,’ Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told the Jerusalem Post.

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.

Next stop, Trump Station: The rail route to Israel’s holiest site will eventually take you through a trail depot named for Donald Trump
The red are on this map, near the Western Wall, shows the proposed site of Trump Station in Jerusalem’s Old City

The route will take travelers through downtown Jerusalem and under the politically and historically sensitive Old City. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray.

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.

Katz’s office said in a statement that 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.

President Trump visited the Western Wall in May as part of an inaugural year swing through the Middle East that also included Saudi Arabia
Trump is on fine terms with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the two men see each other as indispensable allies

Trump’s announcement acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – and his pledge to move America’s embassy there – enraged Palestinians and much of the Muslim world.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution last week rejecting the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with several traditional American allies voting in favor of the motion.

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 Mideast war and later annexed. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem and the Old City, home to Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, as capital of a future state.

Digging railway tunnels to the Western Wall would also entail excavating in Jerusalem’s Old City, where religious and political sensitivities – as well as layers of archaeological remains from the city’s 3,000-year history – could prove a logistical and legal quagmire.

FILE – In this file photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, a view of the bridge in construction for the planned high speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, near Latrun, Israel. 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.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Despite the likely opposition to the project, Ovadia said he expects the plans to be approved in the coming year, barring major complications. The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed line is expected to open next spring.

‘There’s no reason why this train won’t be built,’ he said. ‘We already know how to deal with no less difficult opposition.’

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.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, David Martosko; The Associated Press

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