The US State Department will officially relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14th, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish State and fulfilling a longstanding promise after decades of inaction.
According to the Times of Israel the new US embassy will open on Israeli Independence Day; marking the creation of the region’s sole democracy on May 14th, 1948 just years after the conclusion of World War 2 and the horrors of the Holocaust.
US and Israeli officials speaking anonymously confirmed the impending move, adding it may take years to construct a more “permanent” embassy.
“Initially, the embassy will consist of just a few offices inside an existing US facility in Jerusalem. Much of the embassy staff could continue to operate from Tel Aviv during the early stages,” writes the Times.
President Trump announced his historic decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel late last year, saying “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
“I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” he added.
TRUMP TRAIN: Israel to Name Jerusalem STATION After Donald Trump
Israel’s Minister of Transportation announced his decision this week to name a newly constructed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after President Trump, following the Commander-in-Chief’s decision to officially recognize the holy city as the capital of the Jewish state.
According to the Daily Mail, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz confirmed the government’s plans to name the commuter hub near the site after the American president, praising his “brave decision” to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after president Trump – following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” said Katz.
President Trump made history earlier this month when he upended nearly two-decades of empty promises and proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking precedent and kick-starting a new approach towards a Middle East peace process.
“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 Trump.
“Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,” he added.
KNIVES OUT: US ‘Allies’ TURN AGAINST TRUMP, Israel at UN
The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to “rescind” President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Thursday, symbolically condemning America’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel by a lop-sided margin of 128-9.
Among those who voted against the Trump administration were key American allies, such as the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and others. The vote included 35 abstentions, most notably Canada, Mexico, and Australia.
The few who sided with the United States were Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Togo, and Micronesia.
The resolution harshly criticized President Trump’s decision earlier this month to officially recognize Jerusalem as the true capital of the Israeli state; affirming that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned world leaders ahead of Thursday’s vote that the US would be “taking names” of those who voted for the resolution, saying “on Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”