Months after President Trump announced the United States’ plan to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem other nations have followed suit; prompting Israeli officials to construct a new diplomatic neighborhood and possibly name the site in honor of President Trump.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the new collection of embassies on the outskirts of Jerusalem may be designated “Trump Town” as an official “thank you” for recognizing the holy city as the capital of Israel.
“There is an apparent pattern of embassies moving to Jerusalem, and we have to start getting ready now,” said an Israeli official. “We might have to build dozens of embassies, and we would need new land ready for that purpose. I asked my ministry to vigorously take action as fast as possible.”
Possible names for the diplomatic enclave have boiled down to “Embassy Town” or possibly “Trump Town.”
“If that name is indeed given to the embassy quarter, it would not be the first site in the capital named after Trump by a minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced in December that he would name the train station that will be built in the future near the Western Wall after the US president,” adds the Post.
PROMISE KEPT: US Embassy Moving to JERUSALEM on Israeli Independence Day
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.