Jerusalem: Israel plans to name new station after Donald Trump

Indonesia condemns Guatemala for Israeli embassy move

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

President Trump announced on December 6 that the United States would henceforth recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv-the coastal city that serves as Israel's primary commercial hub-to the ancient city that served as Israel's capital for more than 1,000 years, beginning with King David and his son, King Solomon. Katz intends to name the planned station near the Western Wall after America's 45th president.

In May, President Trump also became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall when he traveled to Israel, one of a reported 11 million tourists to do so each year.

"It would be just another implementation of the unacceptable decision of President Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".

Trump said that his announcement marked "the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians", and that he was simply recognizing reality "nothing more or less".

On Sunday, Guatemala became the first country to follow the USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

The move was hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years from the time of King David.

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The transportation minister ordered officials in his ministry to define this project a top priority mission. The station will be about 150 feet underground.

The envisaged underground extension of a high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is still on the drawing board and a transport ministry spokeswoman said other departments still needed to approve it.

Ikrema Sabri, a senior Muslim cleric and former grand mufti of Jerusalem, slammed the Israeli government's plan to dig under the Old City, telling Agence France-Presse that Palestinians will never accept "any change or act in the occupied territories".

He said that "giving the name of Trump to this project will not give it any legitimacy".

The move to name the station after Trump comes just weeks after the president shocked the worldwide community and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a move that was widely praised by Israelis.

Even before announcing plans to name the station for Trump, the high-speed rail project had run into controversy.

However, the Palestinians and most world powers have said he undermined the long-held position that Jerusalem's status must be settled by future negotiations.

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