More Countries Considering Moving Embassies to Yerushalayim

Just three weeks after President Trump officially announced the United States will move its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing the city as the capitol of Israel, a number of other countries are following America's lead.

Guatemala's top diplomat defended the country's decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, rejecting global and domestic scrutiny after following the U.S.' lead.

JERUSALEM-Israel's minister of transportation wants to name a new train station set to be built in the next few years in Jerusalem after President Donald Trump.

The national daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth was first to report Tuesday that Katz had approved final construction plans for the train, which will include excavating a 2-mile tunnel from the Umma (nation) station at the entrance to the city to the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter.

In May, Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the wall during his trip to Israel.

But it would run close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and buried, and a contested holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The move was called "shameful" by Palestinian officials.

Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonot reported Wednesday that there will be an additional station along the way, in the Western part of Jerusalem, and that the train will feature a VIP vehicle to transport visiting dignitaries directly from the airport to the Western Wall.

Katz's office said in a statement that the minister advanced the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives, and has fast-tracked it in the planning committees.

"We reject Guatemala decision to move embassy to Jerusalem & condemn it as absurd provocation, violation of global law", tweeted Ayman Safadi, Jordan's foreign minister.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern sector, which was captured by Israel in 1967.

Amal Jado expressed her anger at the speech by the speaker of the Romanian parliament, in which he spoke about moving the Romanian embassy to Israeli from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which contravenes worldwide law and contravenes United Nations resolutions, particularly Security Council resolution 478, and contravenes the position of the European Union regarding the legal status of Jerusalem. The city is home to sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious sites.

The result would link Jerusalem to Tel Aviv by high-speed rail.

  • Joey Payne