Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday when the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Katz intends to name the planned station near the Western Wall after America's 45th president.
The expected new railway tunnel and station would be an extension of a high-speed line from Tel Aviv that is set to open in 2018, The Jerusalem Post is reporting. The wall is the last remnant of the Second Temple, and it remains the holiest site in Judaism.
Guatemala plans to relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced on his official Facebook account on Sunday, making it the first country to mirror U.S. President Donald Trump's decision from December 6.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Guatemala's decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, saying other countries will soon follow as well.
In a post on his official Facebook account Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he chose to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.
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Twelve Palestinians have been killed in violent clashes since Trump's announcement.
The Western Wall train proposal will likely face opposition from the worldwide community, which doesn't recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and the Old City, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed. All countries that maintain ties with Israel have kept their embassies in the country's commercial capital Tel Aviv.
"There's no reason why this train won't be built", said transport ministry spokesperson Avner Ovadia.
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. Previous excavations by Israel near the holy site - the spiritual epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - have sparked violent Palestinian protests. "We already know how to deal with no less hard opposition".