United States to move Israel's Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14

Cheryl Sanders
February 23, 2018

The new USA embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 in celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary, according to Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post.

According to the report, the unusual offer came shortly after US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

The consulate in East Jerusalem will continue to serve Palestinians, and for security reasons U.S. Ambassador David Friedman will continue living in the residence in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, and commute to the relocated embassy, the second official said.

An Israeli government source said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in contact with the U.S. Administration and would respond if and when an American announcement was made on the planned U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem.

"The fact that the U.S. administration chose Nakba Day to move the embassy to Jerusalem is a provocation to all Arabs and Muslims and we condemn it most forcefully", Erekat said in a statement.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said "The United States knows the Palestinian leadership was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem".

"Nakba Day", or "Day of Catastrophe", is observed annually by Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs to commemorate the events following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. "The Embassy opening will coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary".

The Trump administration is also considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told the Associated Press. No other country has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The Embassy will initially be located in Arnona, on a compound that now houses the consular operations of Consulate General Jerusalem", he continued.

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