Israel minister plans Trump train station at Western Wall

Israel minister plans Trump train station at Western Wall

"This is a disappointing decision that we must fight by the way of political and diplomatic measures", Majdi al-Khalidi, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's diplomatic affairs adviser, told The Jerusalem Post.

A decision by the Trump White House to move the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as well as the nation's withdrawal of funds from the United Nations and threats against UN members following a searing indictment by the world body, have "disqualified" the United States from acting as a mediator in Middle East peace talks, stated Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris.

Guatemala's announcement on Sunday came after two-thirds of United Nations member states approved a motion rejecting US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Earlier in May, Trump became the first U.S. President to visit the wall, which is considered one of the holiest sites in Judaism, during his trip to Israel.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Following the announcement that Guatemala has made a decision to move its embassy to Yerushalyim, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement predicting that "other countries will recognize Jerusalem and announce the relocation of their embassies".

Trump's announcement has set off weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces that have left 12 Palestinians dead.

The plan announced Wednesday will see the train continuing from the entrance of the city and travelling through a three-kilometre tunnel-some 190 feet underground-to reach inside the Old City's walls. "Trump Station" will be walking distance to a number of Jewish and Christian holy sites, in addition to the Temple Mount.

Trump Station will be built in the city's Jewish Quarter. The project has been marked by numerous setbacks and delays. Jews believe the area just beyond the wall marks the foundation stone of the world's creation and is the place where Abraham was instructed by God to sacrifice his son Isaac. Katz intends to name the planned station near the Western Wall after America's 45th president.

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