Too Far, Too Soon

I read in your newspaper that Transport Minister Katz plans to name the future train station in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Yerushalayim, for passengers going to the Kosel, “Trump Station.” This is his way of showing appreciation to U.S. President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We do appreciate Trump’s declaration; however, naming the Kosel Station after Donald Trump is, in my opinion, going too far.

1. The embassy has not moved yet to Yerushalayim. He was president for a year before the declaration and, during that year, his team could have picked a location for the embassy and hired architects, since he said, “It is not a question of ‘if’ I will move the embassy to Jerusalem, but ‘when.’” He is dragging it out purposely. He called Abu Mazen the day before the declaration to calm him down by saying it will take a few years until the embassy is actually moved. A lot can happen until then. Train stations should not be named for declarations, but for actions.

2. What is the connection between a train station in the Rova and the Trump declaration? He said in that declaration that the boundaries of Yerushalayim are not decided yet. That means he is not recognizing a united Yerushalayim, but is leaving the part of Yerushalayim liberated 50 years ago in question and has not recognized the Old City of Yerushalayim as part of Israel.