Trump ‘looking forward’ to moving US embassy to Jerusalem
Tagging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the post, Trump thanked the Israeli people and declared the US has “no better friends anywhere.”
Best wishes to Prime Minister @Netanyahu and all of the people of Israel on the 70th Anniversary of your Great Independence. We have no better friends anywhere. Looking forward to moving our Embassy to Jerusalem next month!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
A consulate base in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem has been converted to house the US embassy. The site will host the US Ambassador’s office and the offices of a small number of staff. There are plans to add an annex by the end of 2019.
The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in December represented a break from the official US policy of remaining an independent arbiter in the dispute. The move also sparked weeks of violent protests from Palestinian across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The UN General Assembly passed a motion condemning Trump's announcement by 128 to nine, with 35 abstentions.
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