Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that he was ordering his country's embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite a United Nations vote last week condemning US President Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally view the holy city as Israel's capital.
Earlier on December 19, the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, calling for the withdrawal of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The train line planned by Katz is an extension of a new high-speed rail link set to open next year connecting Jerusalem to Israel's commercial centre in Tel Aviv and the country's airport nearby.
US President Donald Trump is the first sitting US president ever to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The wall is the last remnant of the Second Temple, and it remains the holiest site in Judaism.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Avner Ovadia said Wednesday the project is estimated to cost more than $700 million and, if approved, would take four years to complete.
Katz's office said the minister advanced the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives, and has fast-tracked it in the planning committees.
"It's a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem" and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the United States move, the ministry said in a statement.
The proposed stop would be near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, right in the middle of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians envisage as their future capital.
Trump's announcement of moving his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem prompted global condemnation and widespread protests across the world.
The move comes after Trump unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and has prompted worldwide criticism and sparked protests across the world.
Guatemala's government has given no timeline for a move, as President Trump has also not said when a switch will be made. And now there'll be a Trump Station.
FILE - In this file photo of Tuesday, June 9, 2009, Palestinian men work at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem.