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We have covered the campaign promise, then announcement that the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem, as part of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
That has met a furious response from Palestinians, including a boycott of U.S. diplomacy, and scattered violence.
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The easiest way to “move” the Embassy was to redesignate the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem as the Embassy.
But it’s going to be a lot sooner.
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U.S. officials have just told various media outlets the redesignation will take place on May 14, 2018, in conjunction with Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrations.
The Times of Israel reports:
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The new US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence, two Trump administration officials said Friday.
The officials said Congress was being notified of the impending move on Friday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on the security plan for the new embassy on Thursday.
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The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the plan publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was being planned for mid-May. Israel proclaimed independence on May 14, 1948. According to Channel 10 and Hadashot news, the ceremony could be held on May 14 to honor that date.
Haaretz - Reports
Haaretz further reports:
The United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May to coincide with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, a U.S. official told Haaretz on Friday.
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U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about the decision during his appearance before the annual CPAC conference in...
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