Western Wall Train Station Will Be Named After Trump

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The train will extend from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has vowed to move his country's embassy to East Jerusalem in support of the Palestinians, but he'll have to get permission from the Israeli government first. Giving the name of Trump to this project will not give it any legitimacy.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, in 1967, and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.

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In doing so, President Trump kept a campaign promise that he made in 2016, a promise also made by three other USA presidents in recent decades, but which no prior president was willing to fulfill.

Trump's declaration earlier this month was condemned by Palestinian leaders and sparked violent protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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.

The minister said the new station would take visitors to "the beating heart of the Jewish people: the Western Wall and the Temple Mount".

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Several residents waited in parked cars across the street for hours until police resolved the incident. "It's eerie. I feel bad for whoever is going through this", said Kristen Alexander, a resident at the complex.

The railway station will take a year to plan and about four years to build at a cost of $215 million, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation said.

President Trump announced on December 6 that the United States would henceforth recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the USA 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.

Despite the likely opposition to the project, Ovadia said he expects the plans to be approved in the coming year, barring major complications. "We already know how to deal with no less hard opposition".

In an exclusive interview with CNN a day after the General Assembly vote, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "I think what it does is finally recognize a historical truth". Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city's holy sites.

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

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