Israel fast-tracks new US embassy in Jerusalem

The Finance Ministry will allow the Jerusalem municipality to waive the required permits. By Staff | Reuters | Mar 27, 2018 “We will not allow needless bureaucracy to hold up the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.” — Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon Israel has expedited construction permits to enable temporary quarters …

450 elderly immigrants will be displaced by US embassy move to Jerusalem

The US Embassy move to Jerusalem will cause 450 elderly immigrants to lose their homes, and the Knesset doesn’t have a solution yet. By Avichai Scher | Forward | Mar 21, 2018 “There are only two years left to create a practical and fair solution, and today we hear again from the Ministry of Immigration …

Trump’s plan to relocate US embassy to Jerusalem stuck in red tape

The Israeli Finance Minister is promoting an emergency move that would bypass planning regulations. By Yael Darel | Haaretz | Mar 22, 2018 “It is not at all certain that the effort now underway to convert the consulate to an embassy meets the standard of the law.” — Yossi Miller, Israeli attorney specializing in planning and …

New US embassy may be in Jerusalem — but not in Israel

The site of the US diplomatic compound is in occupied territory that has never been formally incorporated into Israel. By Isabel Kershner | The New York Times | Mar 7, 2018 “Much more important than what the State Department says, it is what their actions say. You don’t build an embassy in territory that is not …

Guatemala will move its embassy to Jerusalem in May

Guatemala will be the second country to move its embassy to Jerusalem. By Jenna Lifthits | The Weekly Standard | Mar 4, 2018 “In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, and under my instructions two days after the United States moves its embassy, Guatemala will return and permanently move its embassy …

US moving embassy to Jerusalem on the wrong day

The US is moving its embassy on May 14, but Israel is celebrating its independence on Apr 18. By Noga Tarnopolsky | Los Angeles Times | Feb 24, 2018 “They deliberately chose a tragic day in Palestinian history, the Nakba, as an act of gratuitous cruelty adding insult to injury.” — Hanan Ashrawi Israel declared independence …

US will move embassy to Jerusalem in May, to be funded by Sheldon Adelson

The move would coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba,” the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes. By Peter Baker and Gardiner Harris | The New York Times | Feb 23, 2018 “The decision of the US administration to recognize …

Trump’s plan to move US embassy to Jerusalem angers Middle East Christians

Religious leaders turned off Bethlehem’s Christmas tree lights to protest the White House announcement. By Loveday Morris | The Washington Post | Dec 13, 2017 “When they talk about Christian minorities in danger, they talk about Iraq and other regions where ISIS is the threat. They never, ever address the issue of Palestinian Christians under …

Trump team, Netanyahu renew talks on US embassy move to Jerusalem

Hot-button issue was “brought up by both sides” in discussions last week between the PM and US envoys Kushner and Greenblatt. By Raoul Wootliff / The Times of Israel August 28, 2017 [Ed. note: The U.N. Security Council has consistently maintained that East Jerusalem, captured in the 1967 War, is occupied territory subject to the Geneva …