Praise the Lord! Donald Trump has already done what presidents of the past have failed to do, and passed a bill that will move the United Stated embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Initially, the embassy was set to open in 2019, however the State Department announced that the date is being bumped up to May 2o18.
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The announcement greatly moves up the new embassy’s initially scheduled opening in 2019, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended weeks of delays by approving a security plan.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated, “The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem.”
Nauert said the search continues for a future permanent embassy site.
“We are excited about taking this historic step, and look forward with anticipation to the May opening,” the White House said in its own statement Friday.
Trump, who touted the Jerusalem move during a Friday speech, is also considering the possibility of accepting donations from wealthy Jewish American donors to fund the permanent facility.
Jerusalem is considered a capital city by both the Israelis and the Palestinians, who have called the embassy move devastating to potential peace talks.
“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,” Trump said when he announced the move, “Today, I am delivering.”
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