March 2018 -- Adar-Nisan 5778,  Volume 24, Issue 3

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Morton A. Klein

US Embassy in Israel to Move to Jerusalem in May

On February 23, 2018 The U.S. State Department announced that the U.S.  Embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem and  set forth the following details by  Department  Spokesperson, Heather Nauert; “In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Those consular operations, including American citizen and visa services, will continue at the Arnona facility without interruption, as part of the embassy.

“Consulate General Jerusalem will continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate, from its historic Agron Road location. Initially, the interim embassy in Arnona will contain office space for the Ambassador and a small staff.

 

“By the end of next year, we intend to open a new embassy Jerusalem annex on the Arnona compound that will provide the Ambassador and his team with expanded interim office space. In parallel, we have started the search for a site for our permanent embassy to Israel, the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking. We are excited about taking this historic step, and look forward with anticipation to the May opening.”

 

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein remarked that moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, “fulfills international and domestic law; comports with both major U.S. political parties’ commitments; acknowledges the reality of the location of Israel’s government; is more convenient for U.S. personnel; and enhances U.S. security and Middle East peace prospects.”