The new US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence, two Trump administration officials said today. The officials said Congress was being notified of the impending move after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on the security plan for the new embassy yesterday.
Times of Israel A ribbon-cutting ceremony was being planned for mid-May. Israel proclaimed independence on May 14, 1948. According to Channel 10 and Hadashot news, the ceremony could be held on May 14 to honor that date.
Initially, the embassy will consist of just a few offices inside an existing US Consulate facility in Jerusalem. The plan involves a phased approach to opening the embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood at an existing US facility that handles consular affairs like passports and visas.
Since Trump’s announcement, his administration has been sifting through options for fast-tracking the Israel embassy’s relocation. Last month, Pence announced during a visit to Israel that the embassy would move by the end of 2019 — possibly earlier. Tillerson himself said the embassy move was “probably no earlier than three years out” in December.
Not when you’re Donald Trump.
“Once upon a time (1986) there was a New York City ice skating rink in Central Park that could no longer make ice. No one could figure out how to fix the skating rink. Years went by and millions of dollars were spent and still no ice. One day a white knight (Trump) wearing a bright red tie showed up and said: ‘ Let there be ice!’ Four months later there was ice and at a final cost 25% below the budget. When asked by the press why the people had been unable to fix the rink themselves the knight said ‘they’re very nice people and I like them very much but they’re all idiots!’ And everyone lived happily ever after.” Forbes
Chris Mathews of MSNBC must really be losing his mind now: