Israel Floats Plans For 'Trump Station' By Jerusalem's Western Wall

December 28, 2017

An Israeli minister on Wednesday announced that he would like to name the final stop of a planned railway under Jerusalem's Old City after US President Donald Trump. The current proposal, the brainchild of Israeli transport minister Yisrael Katz, would see the underground railway pass through eastern Jerusalem up to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray and the area Palestinians view as their own future capital.

"I have decided to name the Western Wall station ... after US President Donald Trump for his courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel," Katz said in a statement on Wednesday. Trump's decision earlier this month to overturn decades of US regional policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked worldwide criticisms. Almost all world powers accused the US president of undermining the long-held position that Jerusalem's future should be settled as part of future peace negotiations.

According to Katz's plans, the underground rail route would also travel close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried, and the contested holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.