Israeli security forces are on high-alert in the coming days as the United States prepares to open its embassy in Jerusalem; fulfilling years of American promises to relocate their diplomatic headquarters to the capital.
According to the Guardian, police and Israeli Defense Forces have increased security sweeps and patrols in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood expected to house the temporary American embassy while construction is in progress.
American officials plan to open the embassy on May 14, the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish State in the immediate aftermath of World War II.
It remains unclear if President Trump will be on hand to officially open the diplomatic headquarters.
“We’re still waiting to see if the US president will come here for the opening move. The level of security will be raised accordingly,” said a spokesperson for Israeli police.
“When you have tens of thousands of people around the border there is no control over them,” said a security analyst in Gaza. “It would be my assumption that some protesters will try to breach the fence, will try to infiltrate into Israel.”
PROMISE KEPT: Trump Recognizes JERUSALEM as Israeli Capital
President Donald Trump made history and fundamentally changed American foreign policy in the Middle East on Wednesday, officially recognizing Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel,” and announcing his decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
“After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” said the President.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous Presidents have made this a campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering,” he added.
“I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interest of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement,” said Trump. “Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital.”
Watch the President’s historic remarks above.
PROMISE KEPT: US Embassy Move to Jerusalem Happening ‘YEARS AHEAD’ of Schedule
Speaking at his official swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem “years ahead” of schedule.
Flanked by the President, the nation’s top diplomat vowed to follow through on President Trump’s historic decision to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital; fulfilling years of empty American promises to one of its strongest allies.
“We will soon move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem years ahead of schedule,” Pompeo told reporters.
“We will employ tough diplomacy when necessary to put the interest of the American people first,” he added. “I will work to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights and defend their values and I will make sure that America is always a respected and principled leader on the world stage.”
Watch the Secretary of State’s comments above.