US Embassy Moving To Jerusalem In May For Israel's 70th Independence Day

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A picture taken on February 15, 2018 shows a view of the Dome of the Rock from inside Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

US President Donald Trump said Friday that moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is "the right thing to do".

The May 14 date - the date Israel originally declared independence - significantly accelerates the schedule for transferring the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, where it always existed along with the rest of the world's diplomatic missions, to the disputed holy city of Jerusalem.

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the U.S. should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims 'Bolivarian Diaspora' can no longer be ignored MORE on Thursday signed off on a security plan for the move, the officials said. "We're looking at that as a possible date but safety of the Marines and other people who visit and work there is primary".

The new embassy will be initially located in a United States consular building in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood while Washington searches for a permanent location, "the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking", Nauert said. Consular operations will continue there, and US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, will work there with a small staff. "The most just and correct move". The embassy will be housed in a building that now contains a consular office, the State Department said.

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




Speaking at CPAC Friday, President Trump said, "We officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".

It ruptured generations of global consensus that Jerusalem's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Arabs refer to Israel's founding as the Nakba, or "catastrophe". The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, told Trump: "May your house be destroyed".

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

Barghouthi said that the PLO and the Palestinian Authority must immediately respond to this decision by implementing the decisions of PLO Central Council. The move broke with decades of U.S. foreign policy and inflamed tensions between the U.S., Israel and Palestinians.

The Associated Press cited four unnamed U.S. officials on Friday saying that the Trump administration was alsoconsidering an offer from the major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new embassy.

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