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Israeli newspaper: New embassy quarter in Jerusalem could be named 'Trump Town

Skyline of the Old City at the Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel. ( Sean Pavone/Getty Images)

A new area for foreign embassies in Jerusalem could be called “Trump Town,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

When did this come up?

The name came up as construction Minister Yoav Gallant asked key people in his ministry to begin finding a new site for foreign embassies planning to open in Jerusalem.

“There is an apparent pattern of embassies moving to Jerusalem, and we have to start getting ready now,” Gallant told the Jerusalem Post. “We might have to build dozens of embassies, and we would need new land ready for that purpose. I asked my ministry to vigorously take action as fast as possible."

The latest nations joining the trend are the Czech Republic, Romania and Honduras, the report stated. Gallant initially suggested calling the area “Embassy Town.”

“But then said he may decide to instead call it 'Trump Town,' after US President Donald Trump, who initiated next month’s move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem,” the report stated.

It would not be the first time a site in the capital was named after Trump by a minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

In December, Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced plans to name a train station near the Western Wall after the Trump. Construction for the station is not yet underway.

“I am thrilled that the US Embassy move has been the catalyst to other countries to finally recognize the reality that Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Israel,” City Council member Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, the leader of the Yerushalmim party, said. “On a practical level, I am proud to have been part of the decision this week in the finance committee of the city to approve the construction needed on a road in Arnona for the embassy to move very soon.”

What locations are being considered?

Possible locations for the embassy quarter include an entrance to Jerusalem near the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, the city’s southwest corner near Hadassah Medical Center’s Ein Kerem campus, and Jerusalem’s Talpiot neighborhood, the report stated. Other areas include the suburbs of Jerusalem, such as Mevaseret Zion and Neveh Ilan.

“These are the first initial thoughts on the issue,” Gallant said. “I want the site to be attractive for countries to move there.”

Security will be a key factor in deciding the site, Gallant said.

Initial plans call for a survey of public places and tracts of land involving the Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Shin-Bet, the Israeli Security Agency.

Additionally, special permits are needed because the embassies operate under their own country’s laws.

“The Americans, for instance, have very strict rules for their buildings, down to the kind of locks on their doors,” Gallant said.

The Jerusalem Municipality Finance Committee this week authorized the construction of a second road leading to what will be the temporary U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood. The project was funded through special grant given by the Transportation Ministry, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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