Jerusalem Embassy Move Coming Sooner Than Expected

The U.S. will officially move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, the State Department announced on Friday, following President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The announcement greatly moves up the new embassy’s initially scheduled opening in 2019, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended weeks of delays by approving a security plan.

“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 the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Nauert said the search continues for a future permanent embassy site.

Read more at The Hill.