Israeli minister decides to name Western Wall train station after Trump

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Guatemala President Jimmy Morales announced the switch Christmas Eve, becoming the first country to follow President Trump's controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

A train station that will be built next to the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump.

Trump upended decades of USA policy with his December 6 announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Western Wall is part of the structure that once held Jerusalem's holy temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

Israeli officials were quoted saying that the foreign ministry was discussing the matter with Tegucigalpa, and they expect Honduras will announce the move sometime after Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is sworn in for a second term on Wednesday.

The move to name the station after Trump comes just weeks after the president shocked the global community and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a move that was widely praised by Israelis.

The Israeli embassy, in a statement late Tuesday, said on its Facebook page, "We are pleased to hear the words of writer and historian Youssef Ziedan and his description of the deep-rooted relationship between Jews and Muslims that existed even before Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him".

Guatemala on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) said its decision to follow the U.S. in moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was a "sovereign" matter that should not affect ties with other countries.

The tunnel would have two stations about 70ft below ground, "City Centre" and "Donald Trump, Western Wall", near an ancient expressway in the Old City's Jewish Quarter called the Cardo.

She added: "What we are doing is returning our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, where we had it for many years".

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Guatemala's government has given no timeline for a move, as President Trump has also not said when a switch will be made.

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