US to open Jerusalem embassy in May, official says

US to open Jerusalem embassy in May, official says

The United States will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, a year before the move was expected, a government official said Friday.

The Jerusalem embassy move is to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary, the official added.

The move, which has angered Palestinians objecting to Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, is likely to happen on May 14, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, media reported.

The initial embassy will be a temporary operation in a US consular building in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighbourhood, the official said, while Washington seeks a permanent location.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has described it as “provocation to Arabs.” (AFP)

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