Israel’s Minister of Transportation announced his decision this week to name a newly constructed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after President Trump, following the Commander-in-Chief’s decision to officially recognize the holy city as the capital of the Jewish state.
According to the Daily Mail, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz confirmed the government’s plans to name the commuter hub near the site after the American president, praising his “brave decision” to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after president Trump – following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” said Katz.
President Trump made history earlier this month when he upended nearly two-decades of empty promises and proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking precedent and kick-starting a new approach towards a Middle East peace process.
“After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” said Trump.
“Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,” he added.
KNIVES OUT: US ‘Allies’ TURN AGAINST TRUMP, Israel at UN
The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to “rescind” President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Thursday, symbolically condemning America’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel by a lop-sided margin of 128-9.
Among those who voted against the Trump administration were key American allies, such as the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and others. The vote included 35 abstentions, most notably Canada, Mexico, and Australia.
The few who sided with the United States were Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Togo, and Micronesia.
The resolution harshly criticized President Trump’s decision earlier this month to officially recognize Jerusalem as the true capital of the Israeli state; affirming that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned world leaders ahead of Thursday’s vote that the US would be “taking names” of those who voted for the resolution, saying “on Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
OH LORDE: Pop Star UNDER FIRE for Canceling Israeli Concert
Music star Lorde is under fire from furious fans and fellow celebrities after she caved to pressure from anti-Israeli activists, cancelling a scheduled tour-stop in Tel Aviv less than a week after it was announced, reports the Jerusalem Post.
The pop star released a statement this week announcing her decision to bail on the highly-anticipated concert after complaints from BDS activists, an organization urging companies and individuals to divest from Israel over their “oppression” of Palestinians.
“I have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” wrote Lorde. “I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”
“Tel Aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance,” she added.
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev urged the music star to reconsider her decision, saying “Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine,’ like the title of your first album,” Regev said in a statement. “To be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”
Comedian Roseanne Barr lashed out at Lorde on social media following her announcement, urging all fans to “boycott this bigot.”