Western Wall metro stop to be named for Trump

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The United States has hit back at the UN after being roundly rebuked over President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Dome of the Rock on the left and the Western Wall.

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 wall is the last remnant of the Second Temple, and it remains the holiest site in Judaism.

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.

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.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern sector, which was captured by Israel in 1967.


According to a report by the Agence France-Press, Israeli public radio cited Israeli diplomatic sources as saying that the Philippines was among the 10 countries considering moving its embassy to Jerusalem after talks with Israel.

Twelve Palestinians have been killed in violent clashes since Trump's announcement.

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6 led to nearly unanimous support from across the Israeli political spectrum but sparked waves of protests across the world.

Israel's army regularly acts against media it accuses of encouraging young Palestinians to take up arms against Israeli forces in the West Bank.

"There's no reason why this train won't be built", said transport ministry spokesperson Avner Ovadia. "We already know how to deal with no less hard opposition".

Earlier on Sunday, Guatemalan President Morales, through his official Facebook account, said that after talks with Netanyahu, he had chose to instruct his foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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