US embassy adds Jerusalem to its Twitter handle ahead of opening ceremony

The US embassy has changed its Twitter handle from US Embassy Tel Aviv to US Embassy Jerusalem. The move is set for next week, and excitement is building up in Israel and the US.
New road signs pointing to the US embassy in Jerusalem Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

The US embassy has officially changed its Twitter handle from US Embassy Tel Aviv to US Embassy Jerusalem. On May 14, a day after Jerusalem Day, the embassy is scheduled to open its doors in Jerusalem, following its official move.

The embassy has already shown off its new handle by tweeting a photo and a video of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hanging street signs that lead to the embassy’s new location.

Israeli police are gearing up for the much anticipated, yet controversial, opening of the new embassy next Monday. Thousands of officers, aided by Israel Border Police officers and volunteers, will be patrolling the area while dozens of events take place in Jerusalem. The Israel Police has issued a statement saying it “will act with determination against any attempt to disrupt the order during the ceremony at any phase.”

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, accompanied by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, are scheduled to attend the opening. US President Donald Trump, who had considered attending the ceremony but later announced that he would not be present, has strongly expressed his excitement about the embassy’s new location. White House envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, will also attend the ceremony.

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