US Embassy Moving To Jerusalem In May

Israel Railways train
Opening Day for High-Speed Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Train 'On Hold' Till Fall 2018
Author

24 February, 2018

President Donald Trump decided late past year to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. Embassy there.

Trump's December decision to relocate the embassy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital defied decades of USA policy and ran contrary to the position of the vast majority of the worldwide community. The date has not yet been confirmed by the White House, but an unnamed US official told Reuters that the U.S.is expected to open the embassy in May. US Vice President Mike Pence told the Israeli parliament last month that the move would take place by the end of 2019.

The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state's 70th birthday - and enraging Palestinians, who called it a "blatant provocation".

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

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - seized by Israel in 1967 and later annexed - as the capital of a future state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the United States announcement it will officially relocate its embassy to Jerusalem in May "a great day for the people of Israel".

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is reportedly being planned for mid-May.

Packers Land Four Compensatory Picks
The NFL announced Friday that 15 clubs will split its 32 compensatory picks in the 2018 NFL draft . The highest compensatory pick, No. 97 overall, goes to the Cardinals, who also secured pick Nos.

The news comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on a security plan for the move this week.

The Palestinian Authority responded in anger to the news, and said "unilateral" moves will not contribute to achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israel. Pence and Kushner, who Trump has put in charge of the Middle East peace process, have demanded the embassy be moved quickly, while Tillerson has argued for more time to ensure the safety of us citizens.

Adelson offered to help fund the embassy back in December, around the same time Trump made his controversial announcement. "Jerusalem was the right thing to do".

Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, wait for the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Retrofitting existing diplomatic facilities is a cheaper option for the USA, but there are now no consulates that match the capacity of the current embassy in Tel Aviv.

Adelson is a strong supporter of both Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and owns a pro-Netanyahu newspaper in Israel.

Palestinian health officials said at least 20 Palestinians, majority in Gaza, have been killed in protests against Trump's decision since the December 6 announcement.


More news


  • Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions suffer heartbreaking defeat at No. 6 Purdue

    Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions suffer heartbreaking defeat at No. 6 Purdue

    The game was scoreless through the first three innings until Sloniger lifted a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall in the fourth. He did play through an injury to the same ankle during Purdue's silver medal run as Team USA in the World University Games.
    'It was my worst nightmare'

    'It was my worst nightmare'

    It wasn't the only wardrobe malfunction on Olympic ice so far. "It is not what we get ready for when we train". British ice dancer Penny Coomes relies on body tape and safety pins to keep her colourful costumes in place.
    Silicon Valley Investor Peter Thiel Moving To LA To Flee Liberal Politics?

    Silicon Valley Investor Peter Thiel Moving To LA To Flee Liberal Politics?

    This past November, Thiel sold three-quarters of his remaining stake in Facebook as part of a previously established trading plan. Thiel has also apparently raised the possibility that he will step down from Facebook's board of directors.
  • Flood watch issued into Tuesday morning

    Flood watch issued into Tuesday morning

    The potholes on numerous roads may also be filled with water, which also requires motorists to slow down in some areas. By Saturday , up to 6 inches of rain is forecast in several rounds of precipitation across much of the state.
    Winter Weather Advisory issued until 1 pm Saturday

    Winter Weather Advisory issued until 1 pm Saturday

    The strongest wind gusts will occur across the Waterville Plateau, along and south of I-90 across the Columbia Basin. Saturday before changing to a wintry mix. "Plan on hard travel conditions", the weather service said in a statement.
    Toy Story Land opening this summer at Disney World

    Toy Story Land opening this summer at Disney World

    This is in combination with the already popular carnival ride Toy Story Mania! that premiered in 2008. Here are the four major attractions that will be present at Disney World's Toy Story Land .
  • Several dozen killed or wounded in Syria - Russia

    Several dozen killed or wounded in Syria - Russia

    The ministry reiterated that the Russian citizens involved in the recent clashes in Syria were not part of the Russian military force deployed there.
    Maldives Leader Seeks Approval To Extend State Of Emergency By 15 Days

    Maldives Leader Seeks Approval To Extend State Of Emergency By 15 Days

    The picturesque archipelago, with 26 coral atolls and 1,192 individual islands, shares close ties with India. The opposition MPs boycotted the parliament vote on the extension, but it was passed by the ruling MPs.
    Serena Williams back on court with sister Venus after pregnancy break

    Serena Williams back on court with sister Venus after pregnancy break

    This was her first competitive action since her delivery. But Serena Williams is not just any mom. I feel like I'm on the right track.
  • Dropped out of middle school at 14: JLaw

    Dropped out of middle school at 14: JLaw

    Jennifer Lawrence has no regrets about dropping out of school at 14, insisting the decision made her acting dreams real. I don't really know where to get started on this 'Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold" controversy.
    Oxfam orders investigation into sexual misconduct claims, pledges 'justice'

    Oxfam orders investigation into sexual misconduct claims, pledges 'justice'

    She urged victims to come forward, saying she was "here for all the women who have been abused". No staff employed by Oxfam Ireland were involved in the case, the Irish branch has confirmed.
    Mitt Romney Officially Launches Utah Senate Bid

    Mitt Romney Officially Launches Utah Senate Bid

    "If you give me this opportunity, I will owe the Senate seat to no one but the people of Utah", Romney says in the video . Romney is respected in the state for taking over the troubled games amid planning and financial disarray.