As a part of its appreciation for recognising Jerusalem as its capital, Israel has concluded plan to construct a $700 million underground practice station for U.S. President Donald Trump.
Israel’s transportation minister Yisrael Katz’s plan is to dig a railway tunnel beneath Jerusalem’s Old City, passing close to websites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and ending on the Western Wall with a station named after Trump.
Katz’s plan, presently within the preliminary phases, entails developing two underground stations and excavating over 2 miles (three kilometres) of tunnel beneath downtown Jerusalem and beneath the politically delicate Old City.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Avner Ovadia stated on Wednesday that if accredited, the undertaking would take 4 years to finish.
The undertaking would prolong Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high-speed rail line from Tel Aviv to the Western Wall, the holiest website the place Jews can pray.
The route will run near — however in a roundabout way beneath — the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place custom holds that Jesus was crucified and buried, and a contested holy website recognized to Jews because the Temple Mount and to Muslims because the Noble Sanctuary.
Previous excavations by Israel close to the holy website — the religious epicentre of the Israeli-Palestinian battle — have sparked violent Palestinian protests.
Because of these sensitivities, the proposal will possible meet with heavy resistance from the Palestinians, neighbouring Arab nations and the worldwide group.
Katz, a senior Cabinet official who additionally serves as Israel’s intelligence minister, is an in depth ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is seen by many as his possible eventual successor as head of the Likud social gathering.
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