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"I have chose to name the Western Wall station... after US President Donald Trump for his courageous and historic decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel", said transport minister Yisrael Katz.

The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as the capital of Israel.

A new train station that will go up next to the Western Wall will be named after President Donald Trump, Israel's transportation minister declared Wednesday. The Western Wall is part of the structure that once held Jerusalem's holy temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

In May, Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall when he visited the site during a tour of several Middle East countries. The project would extend Jerusalem's soon-to-open high-speed rail line from Tel Aviv to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The move was called "shameful" by Palestinian officials.

"It's a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem" and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the United States move, the ministry said in a statement.

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

Trump's announcement of moving his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem prompted worldwide condemnation and widespread protests across the world.

The Western Wall train proposal will likely face opposition from the worldwide community, which doesn't recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and the Old City, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed. And now there'll be a Trump Station.

Katz has previously proposed other ambitious infrastructure projects, including an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip that would serve as an air and seaport for the Palestinian territory, and a railway connecting Israel with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

The president campaigned for the White House promising to relocate the embassy, and many expected him to make the decision the first day he took office in January.


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