A new train station to be built next to the Buraq Wall, also known as the Western Wall, will be named after US President Donald Trump, the Jerusalem Post reported today.
Transportation minister Israel Katz announced that the decision had been made to honour the president for his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel earlier this month.
“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 recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”
The approved plans will also include a three kilometre tunnel from the Ummah station at the entrance to the occupied Old City to the Cardo station in the Jewish Quarter.
Katz further stated that the ongoing construction of a high speed railway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv was the country’s most important project, one that the transportation ministry had designated a top priority.
In May, Trump became the first US President to visit the Buraq Wall as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Protests have continued to take place across the occupied Palestinian territories and the world following Trump’s announcement. Last week the UN General Assembly voted to condemn the decision, rejecting the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City.
However, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales subsequently announced that his country will “return” their Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.