Top Israeli minister: US to move embassy to Jerusalem on 70th Independence Day

A May opening appears to represent an earlier time frame than what had been expected.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
February 23, 2018 17:18
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US Embassy in Tel Aviv

US Embassy in Tel Aviv. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 14, in honor of the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of  independence, according to Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz.

Katz tweeted on Friday saying, "I would like to congratulate Donald Trump, the President of the US @POTUS on his decision to transfer the US Embassy to our capital on Israel's 70th Independence Day. There is no greater gift than that! The most just and correct move. Thanks friend!"

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The date has not yet been confirmed publicly by the White House. However, an unnamed US official told Reuters on Friday that the US is expected to open its embassy in Jerusalem in May.

A May opening appears to represent an earlier time frame than what had been expected. While speaking to the Knesset last month, US Vice President Mike Pence said the move would take place by the end of 2019.

Trump announced in December that the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, setting in motion the move of the embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.


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