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President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Israel will name its new Western Wall train station after Trump

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Israel’s transportation minister says that his nation will name a new train station near the Western Wall after President Trump.

“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,” Israel Katz told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday.

“[It’s] following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel,” he added of his reasoning for the honor.

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Yediot Aharonot on Tuesday reported that Katz has approved construction plans for the train, including a roughly two-mile tunnel through Jerusalem.

The tunnel will start at the Umma (nation) station at Jerusalem’s entrance and extend to the Cardo in the city’s Jewish Quarter.

Katz said he views extending the railway’s length from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as Israel’s most important national project.

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The Israeli transportation minister added he has ordered officials in his agency to define the goal as a top priority mission.

The high-speed Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem railway has been under construction since 2001 and will complement the older, slower railway already open between the two cities.

The new railway project has suffered numerous delays and setbacks since it launched 16 years ago.

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Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall last May when he stopped by the ancient site during his trek through several Middle Eastern nations.

The president roiled most of the globe earlier this month, however, when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

Trump’s move particularly outraged Arab and Middle Eastern nations, who see Jerusalem’s contested status as essential for attaining peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Israel has long viewed Jerusalem as its capital, and the city serves as the country’s seat of government.

The Palestinians, however, have desired the city’s eastern sector as the capital of a future state for their people for decades.

Trump has called peace between the two sides the “ultimate deal,” but Arab and Muslim leaders have since fiercely criticized his Jerusalem move for undermining such a possibility.

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