Soon, an Israeli train station called Trump

28 December, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Jerusalem remains at the heart of the perennial Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Earlier this month, Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital, a move that was widely condemned around the world but welcomed in Israel.

Praising what he called Trump's "brave and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital", Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced the decision, reported Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot.

If all goes according to plan, the station will sit close to the Western Wall and ferry the faithful-and about 11 million tourists a year-to one of Judaism's holiest sites in the disputed Old City.

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. 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.

The expected new railway tunnel and station would be an extension of a high-speed line from Tel Aviv that is set to open in 2018, The Jerusalem Post is reporting.

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Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said the change amounts to "a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign", and that Guatemala has no intention of changing their mind.

First, Guatemala announced over the weekend it will move its embassy to the Holy City.

The remark comes a day after Guatemala, a Central American country, joined the U.S. in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy to the city which is considered a place of pilgrimage for Jews, Christians and Muslims since the biblical era.

She added: "What we are doing is returning our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, where we had it for many years".

FILE - In this file photo of Tuesday, June 9, 2009, Palestinian men work at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem.

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