Mirroring Trump's resolution, Guatemala plans to maneuver embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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.

Guatemala and Honduras were among a handful of other countries which joined the US and Israel in voting against a United Nations resolution on Thursday to condemn President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the USA embassy.

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) decided on Tuesday to name a new train station that will be built near Jerusalem's Western Wall after US President Donald Trump, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned.

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

In May, Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall when he visited the site during a tour of several Middle East countries. The wall is the last remnant of the Second Temple, and it remains the holiest site in Judaism. Officials said, however, that the move will take years to complete.

To date, the only country that has said it will move its embassy, too, is Guatemala.

Jerusalem was restored as the de facto capital of Israel after the Jewish people regained control of the city in 1967, for the first time in roughly 2,000 years.

Morales said he had informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and instructed Guatemala's foreign ministry to start the process of moving the embassy, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Katz has previously proposed other ambitious infrastructure projects, including an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip that would serve as an air and seaport for the Palestinian territory, and a railway connecting Israel with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday dismissed media reports that the country is in talks with Israel to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

  • Rogelio Becker