On Friday, February 23, Israeli «channel 10» reported with reference to information obtained from senior officials that the U.S. Embassy be moved to Jerusalem much earlier than previously announced – on may 14 of this year, the Day of independence of Israel.
It is planned that the transfer of the Embassy will be implemented in three phases.
In the first stage of moving the Embassy will be located in the capital quarter of Arnon, where he currently is the consular section of the U.S. Embassy. The Ambassador, accompanied by a small number of employees will move to Jerusalem. New sign at the entrance to the building will indicate that there is «the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.» However, the building is in the heart of Arnona will be considered a temporary «home» of the Embassy.
Employees of the consular Department today was informed that since may 14, will become employees of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. However, the consular section will continue to provide services to both Israelis and Palestinians. Residence of Ambassador David Friedman at this stage will remain the same, he will continue to live in Herzliya, while working in his office in tel Aviv and in the Jerusalem office.
In the second phase of the U.S. Embassy in tel Aviv will be a «Department» of the Embassy in Jerusalem. Some of the American diplomats will be transferred to tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The third stage of the transfer of the Embassy would be marked by its move to the permanent building is under construction which will be completed. All Embassy staff will be working in the Jerusalem office. The consular Department on Agron street (Jerusalem), engaged in U.S.-Palestinian relations will remain in place.
According to Walla, the final date of transfer of the U.S. Embassy has not yet been determined, but in the last days of active negotiations about the possibility of moving to Jerusalem in may of this year.
The Minister of transport and exploration Yisrael Katz commented on the transfer of the Embassy in your miniblog on Twitter, writing: «I welcome the decision of President Donald trump on the transfer of the U.S. Embassy in our capital Jerusalem in the 70th Independence Day of the state of Israel. It is hard to imagine the pain a valuable gift. It is historically correct and fair step.»
On Friday, February 23, the news Agency AP reported that the US government is considering a proposal by businessman Sheldon Adelson, who has expressed a willingness to assume part of the costs to transfer the United States Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Recall, 6 December 2017, the US President Donald trump made a special statement on the status of Jerusalem, and announced the intention to move the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He stated that he instructed the state Department to begin preparing to transfer its Embassy to Jerusalem. While trump said that at the moment they extended the decree, freeze for another six months the implementation of the law on the transfer of the Embassy.
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