Tuesday, June 19, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

US to open Jerusalem embassy 'in May 2018'

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two Trump administration officials say Congress will be notified of the move today.

Jerusalem

Trump administration officials say the new US embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Trump administration officials told the Associated Press news agency that Congress will be notified of the move on Friday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is reportedly being planned for mid-May.

If confirmed, the announcement means the move would come much faster than expected. US Vice-President Mike Pence in late January said the controversial embassy would open in 2019.

The US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem prompted angry protests in Palestine and solidarity rallies across the world.

For Palestinians, May 15 marks Nakba Day, when they commemorate the mass displacement of Palestinians to make way for the state of Israel known as the "catastrophe".

Between 1947 and 1949, at least 750,000 Palestinians from a 1.9 million population were expelled from or fled their homes in Palestine.

Israel Katz, Israeli intelligence minister, thanked Trump for the announcement.

"There is no greater gift than that! The most just and correct move. Thanks friend!" Katz said in a tweet.

Israel proclaimed its independence on May 14, 1948.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Saudi Arabia, UAE conduct air strik...

Read More

UN envoy in Yemen for crisis talks ...

Read More

Saudi-UAE led forces 'capture' Yeme...

Read More

UNSC urges Yemen warring parties to...

Read More

Pentagon denies involvement in Yeme...

Read More

Rights groups demand release of Ira...

Read More

Global_News

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Ramadan begins

2018 World Cup