A US State Department official confirmed on Friday that the American embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. It is possible that the embassy in Israel’s capital will open on May 14, the date of Israel’s establishment in 1948.

The US embassy building in Tel Aviv

The US embassy building in Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The US embassy in Jerusalem will open in May, in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence, a State Department official confirmed on Friday amid reports about the upcoming move.

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steven I. Goldstein has stated that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approved a security plan yesterday evening for “a facility” in Jerusalem for the embassy.

According to earlier reports, May 14, the date of Israel’s establishment in 1948, is being considered as a possible date for the opening of the embassy in Israel’s capital. An official announcement about the move is expected to be made in the near future.

During his visit to Israel last month, US Vice President Mike Pence announced that the embassy will be moved by next year. “The Jewish people’s unbreakable bond to this sacred city reaches back more than 3,000 years,” Pence said in his address before the Knesset. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.  And, as such, President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year,” he added.

Earlier on Friday, JOL reported that the White House is considering an offer from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a major contributor to Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to help fund the construction of the new US embassy building in Jerusalem.