Report: Surprise Date Set for Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Supposedly May 14, the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2018 11:22 AM CST
In this March 17, 2003, file photo, Israeli border policemen guard the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.   (AP Photo/Eitan Hess-Ashkenazi, File)

(Newser) – May 14th is the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence, and it appears it will serve as another big day: the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Per the Jerusalem Post, Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz made the surprise announcement on Twitter Friday, tweeting: "I would like to congratulate Donald Trump … on his decision to transfer the US Embassy to our capital on Israel's 70th Independence Day. There is no greater gift than that! The most just and correct move. Thanks friend!"

Although the White House hasn't yet confirmed this, an anonymous US official had told Reuters Friday that the Jerusalem embassy would open sometime in May. Meanwhile, Trump touched on the transition at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he spoke on Friday. He called the move "the right thing to do" and called the pushback against his decision "incredible," with other countries allegedly imploring him, "Don't do it, don't do it," per the AP.

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