US Moving Embassy To Jerusalem Monday
Come Monday, Jerusalem will be the official home of the U.S. Embassy to Israel.
President Trump displayed the ultimate test of leadership and courage by standing up for what’s just and true, even in the face of stiff opposition. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital today as it was 3000 years ago.
No country has its embassy in Jerusalem because of its contested status. Both Israelis and Palestinians see the ancient city as their capital. For decades the United States refrained from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until Israeli’s and Palestinian’s settled the matter in a peace agreement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “By taking the long-overdue step of moving our embassy, we are not taking a position on final status issues. We are not taking a position on the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved. We remain committed to advancing an agreement between the parties that leads to a lasting and comprehensive peace. The specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty remain subject to negotiations”.
Netanyahu stated, “I must tell you that the bold decision by President Trump has prompted other countries to move their embassy to Jerusalem as well.
In the first phase, only the ambassador and his core staff will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, The consular staff will become embassy employees.
The embassy office was built inside an existing consular services building in Jerusalem. A new Embassy will be constructed years from now.
Near the office, American and Israeli flags line the streets. New road signs, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, point the way to the embassy.
Jerusalem, Mayor Nir Barkat announced on Tuesday that he will formally name an area near the embassy as the United States Square.
As for financing the permanent embassy, The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican supporter Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
A delegation will attend the opening of the embassy, Trump announced on Monday. In attendance will be presidential advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, along with hundreds of other guests.
The White House has said that the president himself is not scheduled to attend