U.S. to move embassy to Jerusalem in May

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By Middle East Affairs

Coinciding with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, the United States will open its new embassy in Jerusalem this May, Haaretz reports.

The move follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in December that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The embassy will at first be located in the Arnona neighborhood in a building that handles consular affairs, such as visas and passports. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and a small staff will work there, according to Haaretz.

Future plans for the embassy are uncertain.

The Associated Press reported earlier Friday that the Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of the new embassy, lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of it.

The current embassy is in Tel Aviv. Since his announcement, Trump’s administration has been looking at ways to move it to Jerusalem in a quick manner.

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has only increased the long-standing tension between Israel and Palestine, as Palestine views the eastern part of the city as the capital of its future state.

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