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New Jerusalem Train Station To Be Named After Trump

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

Israel’s transportation minister is planning to name a train station in Jerusalem after President Donald Trump as a gesture for recognizing the holy city as the capital of Israel.

The nation’s transportation minister Israel Katz said Wednesday that the station, if approved and built, will be a thank you to Trump for his “courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”

The train station would sit in close proximity to the Western Wall, a holy site for worshipers of Judaism and a tourist attraction that brings in roughly 11 million visitors a year.

Trump announced his decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in early December, a move that broke away from over 20-years of indecision from previous U.S. presidents.

The president campaigned for the White House promising to relocate the embassy, and many expected him to make the decision the first day he took office in January.

“With today’s action, I reaffirm my administration’s long-standing commitment to a future of peace and security for the region. There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement,” Trump said in early December. “But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and a place far greater in understanding and cooperation.”

Congress passed a law in 1995 that ordered the U.S. embassy to be located in Jerusalem, but every U.S. president since the mandate became law decided to delay it, arguing that a relocation must come through negotiations, not a decree.

Trump was the first to follow through with the mandate.

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