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Friday, 19 January 2018

Trump Lead US Government Doubles Effort To Establish Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel

Trump Lead US Government Doubles Effort To Establish Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel

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Trump Lead US Government Doubles Effort To Establish Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel

The government of the United States according to reports has recently doubled it's effort in establishing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, away from Tel Aviv. According to the report, plans and arrangements of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been doubled.

When the Israeli Prime Minister was contacted as regards the movement of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his response that the embassy would be moved "in the course of a year" bringing the speculation that by 2019, the US embassy in Israel would no more be in Tel Aviv but fully operation from Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Wednesday that the US embassy would be moved “in the course of a year,” Trump appeared to reject the idea later in the day.

“By the end of the year?” Trump told Reuters in an exclusive interview. “We’re talking about different scenarios. I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s a no.”

But Thursday, senior U.S. officials told The New York Times that the administration is moving faster than expected to locate the embassy in Jerusalem sometime in 2018.

Rather than construct an entirely new complex, the State Department has decided to repurpose an existing consular building in West Jerusalem to be the new embassy, the Times reported.

U.S. officials said Trump was hesitant to commit to a one-year timetable because he may have been referring to an initial plan to build an embassy compound from scratch.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday successfully petitioned Trump for additional time to ensure the security of the West Jerusalem complex, which is located in the Arnona neighborhood, the Times reported.

“What you’ll see from the secretary is that we will do this at the pace of security, not at the pace of politics,” the under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, Steven Goldstein, told the paper.