US To Move Its Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem In May

Feb 24, 2018, 07:05
US To Move Its Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem In May

The U.S. embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, a State Department official confirmed Friday.

US President Donald Trump's announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ordering that the embassy be moved broke decades of US policy.

A new embassy annex on the Arnona compound is expected to be open by the end of 2019, Nauert added.

. In a letter being sent Friday to Congress, the State Department said the interim facility's inauguration was being planned to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary.

Both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem to be their capital city.

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In 2014, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used the phrase "occupied territories" to refer to the West Bank and other areas where Palestinians live in Israel that are administered under Israeli control.

"I would like to congratulate Donald Trump, the President of the US on his decision to transfer the US Embassy to our capital on Israel's 70th Independence Day", he wrote in English on his Twitter account.

Mr Erekat said the United States move "reflects their total insensitivities to what goes on in this region".

He then ordered the State Department to start looking for a site for an embassy in the city.

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Turkey's foreign ministry condemned the move and warned that President Trump's decision will "open the gates of hell". "There is no greater gift than that!" he said.

The embassy move is expected to complicate efforts to restart peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians - and jeopardise the traditional, if disputed, USA role as an "honest broker" in efforts to resolve one of the world's most intractable conflicts.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reportedly approved security arrangements for moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The U.S. ambassador to Israel and a small team of embassy personnel will make the initial move.

State Department lawyers, meanwhile, were examining whether it is legal to accept private donations to fund a diplomatic mission, following a proposal by Las Vegas casino magnate and pro-Israel hawk Sheldon Adelson to pay for the new embassy.

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The decision to move the embassy was widely condemned by the global community over concerns the action would undermine the prospects for peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. "I don't want people to be able to say it was Jewish money". "Thank you President Trump for your leadership and friendship".

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