I Still 'May Go' to US Embassy Dedication in Jerusalem Next Month
- Author: Megan Austin Apr 28, 2018,
Apr 28, 2018, 19:42
The US President Donald trump said that he could be sent to Israel for the opening ceremony of the American Embassy in Jerusalem.
None of previous USA presidents, who had promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds while running for election, could deliver on their promises. Friedman, Trump said, told him "I can build it for $150,000" by renovating part of an existing USA property in Jerusalem, and "instead of 10 years from now, we can open it up in three months".
When President Trump announced the US was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and would move its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Turkey declared it would move its embassy to East Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as their capital.
Trump's former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, announced last year that constructing a new embassy in Jerusalem would take years, and probably won't be done within Trump's first term in office.
While Israel regards Jerusalem as its "undisputed and undivided" capital, Palestinians say its status should only form part of a final peace agreement and the embassy move will wreck a two-state solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict.
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"It's going to be attractive and it could be somewhat temporary", Trump said.
"The embassy in Jerusalem has been promised for many, many years by presidents", Trump said in Friday's press conference. The president said he spoke with his ambassador and favored the option to open the embassy in a section of an existing building, for $150,000. And I had my name half signed, then I noticed the figure and didn't - I never got to the word "Trump".
"He said I can build it for $150,000 - the embassy".
Trump, on December 6, formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital after three previous administrations had signed waivers every six months delaying enactment of a law passed by Congress. "They were going to spend $1 billion and we're going to spend much less than $500,000". "Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced in December that he would name the train station that will be built in the future near the Western Wall after the United States president", adds the Post.
Preparations for the construction of a new embassy quarter in Jerusalem have kicked off in Israel, with the relevant top officials being ordered to start the planning process, The Jerusalem Post reported citing Israeli Construction Minister Yoav Gallant.