No US pressure behind Guatemala embassy move to Jerusalem: FM

Trump at the Western Wall

Israel captured east Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, in 1967, and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.

Trump's "blackmail" had little effectiveness - 128 countries voted against the controversial decision, and 35 abstained.

"I chose to call the new train station which will be established in the Jewish Quarter near the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the name of President Donald Trump, because of his historical and fearless decision to recognize Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, as the capital of the state of Israel and his intention to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem", said Katz.

Yisrael Katz said he wanted to honor the U.S. president for his decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.

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. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state, whereas Israel has declared the whole city to be its "united and eternal" capital.

Israel's finance minister called extending the Jerusalem express line all the way to the wall the "most important national project in the Transportation Ministry", said the paper.

A council resolution in the coastal city of Ashkelon would name a road "Trump Declaration Street", echoing the title of the "Balfour Declaration" of 1917, in which the British government committed to a Jewish home in British-mandatory Palestine.

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According to Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, at least 10 other countries are in talks with Israel to move their own missions to Jerusalem, with Guatemala's neighboring state Honduras likely to be the next country to announce the decision.

Last week, two-thirds of United Nations members states - 128 in all - rejected Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "It's been the capital of the state of Israel for 70 years, and it's about time that the USA said - and I'm glad they said it - this is the capital".

But the move has prompted weeks of protest in Arab and Muslim countries around the world and numerous "days of rage" in Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank.

The plan announced Wednesday will see the train continuing from the entrance of the city and travelling through a three-kilometre tunnel-some 190 feet underground-to reach inside the Old City's walls.

He said that "giving the name of Trump to this project will not give it any legitimacy".

But the step is highly controversial, and flies in the face of an global consensus that Jerusalem's status can only be decided through peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

It was the second time that the pope has spoken out publicly about Jerusalem since Trump's decision on Dec.6.

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