Israel wants to name a train station after Donald Trump to thank him for recognising Jerusalem as its capital, Transport Minister Israel Katz said in a statement on Wednesday. Katz said that he had chosen a proposed subway stop near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City right in the middle of the area that the Palestinians want as their own future capital. “I have decided to name the Western Wall station after U.S. President Donald Trump for his courageous and historic decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”
The envisaged underground extension of a high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is still on the drawing board and a transport ministry spokeswoman said other departments still needed to approve it. The announcement was quickly condemned by Palestinian leaders already angered by Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to overturn decades of U.S. policy on the city.
“The Israeli extremist government is trying to race against time to impose facts on the ground in the city of Jerusalem,” Wasel Youssef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee, said Trump has said he was simply acknowledged the reality on the ground by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.