When Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, everyone knew that he was going to get a tremendous amount of criticism from the rest of the world. In fact, things got so crazy that even the Pope was criticizing him. But in Israel, Trump is now regarded as a national hero. Large signs with the message "God Bless Trump" have gone up all around Jerusalem, and now we have learned that a new train station that will be constructed very close to the Western Wall will actually be named after Trump. The following comes from the Jerusalem Post…
A train station that will be built next to the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump.
The decision was made by Transportation Minister Israel Katz, who said: "The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after president Trump – following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel."
That is truly a tremendous honor. Normally, you would expect permanent landmarks to only be named after great national leaders. Here in the United States, there are a few landmarks and monuments named after foreign leaders, but not too many. So for Trump to get this kind of recognition in such a historic area of Jerusalem just shows how much his recent decision meant to the Jewish people.
Of course it is going to take quite a bit of time before this train station is actually built. Current plans call for a 3 kilometer tunnel to be built under Jerusalem, and any sort of construction that takes place underneath the holy city inevitably ends up being quite complicated. Here is more from the Jerusalem Post…
Yediot Aharonot reported on Tuesday that Katz approved the construction plans for the train, that will include a 3 km. tunnel from the Umma (nation) station at the entrance to the city to the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter.
Katz said that he sees the project of extending the length of the railway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as the most important national project, and ordered officials in the Transportation Ministry to define it as a top priority mission.
As I wrote about yesterday, the UN General Assembly recently voted 128 to 9 against Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Of course that vote has no sort of legal significance, and the Trump administration is warning that the countries that voted against the U.S. may see their foreign aid reduced.
But another thing that Trump's decision has done is to embolden other nations that would also like to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Guatemala has already followed suit, and there are reports that "at least 10 other countries" may do so very soon…
Following Guatemala's announcement Monday that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at least 10 other countries are in talks to move their own missions, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said.
In an interview with Israel Radio, she declined to say which states Israel was speaking with, but Channel 10 reported that the next country likely to announce an embassy move was Honduras.