Jerusalem names city square in Trump's honor

Jerusalem names city square in Trump's honor

Jerusalem will name a city square near the new U.S. Embassy in honor of President Donald Trump, the city mayor Nir Barkat said.

"This is the way in which Jerusalem returns love to the president and residents of the United States who stand by the state of Israel," Barkat said. "President Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, stand on the side of historical truth and do the right thing."    

An official event with American dignitaries will be held in the future to celebrate the naming, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Located at the junction of David Flusser Street and Kfar Etzion Street, the square was formally green lighted to get a new name a year ago by the naming committee of Jerusalem. 

Trump decided in December to officially move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, straining relations between Israel and Palestinians, who also claim the holy city as their capital.