Just three weeks ago President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. is moving its embassy to Jerusalem. As a result, Israel is set to name a new underground train station near the Western Wall after Trump.
Per Daily Wire:
The “Donald John Trump, Western Wall” station will be just feet from Judaism’s holiest site, known in Hebrew as the Kotel. The station will be part of the anticipated Tel Aviv-Jerusalem express train line and will serve as a hub for the millions of people who visit Jerusalem’s Old City every year.
“The Kotel is the holiest place to the Jewish people, and I have decided to name the train station leading to it after U.S. President Donald Trump, in recognition of his brave and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said on Tuesday.
In Trump’s December 6 announcement, he said the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of relocating its embassy there from Tel Aviv.
“We finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump said. “This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality.”
Following that decision, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to recognize Trump’s decision, and called Jerusalem the “eternal capital of the state of Palestine.” Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called Trump’s move an “uncalculated gamble that will know no limit to the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim reaction.”
Following Palestinian calls for three “days of rage,” thousands of Muslims in the West Bank and Gaza clashed with Israeli troops and police, leaving two Palestinians dead.
Last Friday, the United Nations General Assembly voted 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, to condemn Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days earlier the U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that Trump rescind his move.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly,” said U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. “This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the U.N.”
The cliche “finally a president with balls” has been overused, but it fits greatly in this situation. President Trump followed through with all recent presidents promised to do, but did not.