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Israel minister to name Western Wall train station after Trump

Get ready to ride the Trump train.

Israel’s transportation minister said Wednesday that he wants to name a train station after President Trump honoring his contentious decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the nation’s capital.

The future station — to be built next to the Western Wall and near several other sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims — would be the final stop on a high-speed rail from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Yisrael Katz’s office said the minister pushed the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives, and has made commitments to fast-track it.

Katz said a high-speed rail station would allow visitors to reach “the beating heart of the Jewish people — the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.”

He proposed naming the station after Trump “for his brave and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

The project is still in the planning phases and will require further approval.

The controversial rail plan cuts under parts of Jerusalem and will call for the excavation of more than two miles of tunnel beneath the Old City, according to the Jerusalem Post.

President Trump visits the Western Wall on May 22, 2017.

(Evan Vucci/AP)

Trump’s Dec.6 announcement, which included plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, upended decades of U.S. international policy and angered many leaders worldwide.

It enraged Palestinians and many other Muslims throughout the Middle East, threatening to derail fragile peace efforts.

Jerusalem is at the heart of the tensions between Israelis and Palestinians as both claim parts of the Holy City as their capital.

During a May trip, Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Western Wall.

Trump, wearing a black yarmulke, followed tradition by placing a note deep between the cracks of the wall during his stop.

The visit was complicated by the fact that the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are able to pray, and the surrounding Old City are not recognized by the international community as being part of Israel.

It is regarded as occupied Palestinian territory by most countries.

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