Saturday 22 September 2018

Minister wants train station named after Donald Trump at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Jerusalem's Western Wall could soon be accessed from a station named after Donald Trump
Jerusalem's Western Wall could soon be accessed from a station named after Donald Trump

Israel's transport minister is pushing ahead with a plan to extend Jerusalem's soon-to-open high speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he wants to name a future station after President Donald Trump.

Yisrael Katz's plan involves constructing two underground stations and excavating over two miles of tunnel beneath central Jerusalem and its politically and historically sensitive Old City.

The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Transport ministry spokesman Avner Ovadia says the project is estimated to cost more than 700 million US dollars and, if approved, would take four years to complete.

The proposal will likely face opposition from the international community, which does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem.

The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed line is expected to open next spring.

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