Israel's minister wants to name new train station in Jerusalem after Trump

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The high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway has been under construction since 2001 and will complement the existing, slower railway that already operates between the two cities.

Transport Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) on Tuesday approved the recommendations of the steering committee of Israel Railways, to establish the "Kotel" rail station in the Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, a few dozen yards from the Western Wall.

The transportation minister, Israel Katz, said Wednesday that the Donald Trump station was a gesture to a USA president who had made a "courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel".

President Trump announced on December 6 that the United States would henceforth recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US 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. The wall is the last remnant of the Second Temple, and it remains the holiest site in Judaism. The silence from capitals was addressed by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who told the newspaper Haaretz that her ministry is engaged in discussions about moving embassies with ten countries, but those nations are more likely to make recognizing Jerusalem as the capital without the embassy move the point of departure.

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

The move comes after Trump unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and has prompted worldwide criticism and sparked protests across the world. Previous excavations by Israel near the holy site - the spiritual epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - have sparked violent Palestinian protests.

A picture taken on December 25, 2017, shows Guatemalan flag hanging outside the building housing the offices of the Central American Embassy, in the Israeli city of Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.

'There's no reason why this train won't be built, ' he said.