Even before the formal launch of the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, Israel to Jerusalem, the latter’s mayor could not contain his excitement and went on to install on Monday a road sign welcoming the move, and profusely thanking President Donald Trump for the change.
Mayor Nir Barkat not only installed the welcome street sign, he also took to social media to share his sentiments. He posted on Twitter: “This is not a dream- it’s reality! This morning, I installed the signs for the new #USEmbassy in #Jerusalem! Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people- and the world is beginning to recognize this fact! Thank you @POTUS!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is not a dream - it's reality! This morning, I installed the signs for the new <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USembassy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USembassy</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jerusalem?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jerusalem</a>! <br><br>Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people - and the world is beginning to recognize this fact! <br><br>Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a>! <a href="https://t.co/oSPwnCGKtu">pic.twitter.com/oSPwnCGKtu</a></p>— Mayor Nir Barkat (@NirBarkat) <a href="https://twitter.com/NirBarkat/status/993397248791924736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 7, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The State Department announced in February that the move will be a definite go. The new arrangement was signed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on February 22. A month before that the Trump administration declared that it is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The U.S. is also poised to become the first country to have its Israeli Embassy in Jerusalem.
The move is set to take place this month to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding. The State Department also said that the expansion of the facility will take place by the end of 2019.
Past presidents have also promised to make the move but didn’t deliver of their vows because of its politically charged symbolism. Trump showed he has the guts to deliver on his promise. He even said in a previous conservative conference outside of Washington: “Every other president really lied, because they campaigned on it. That was always a big part of the campaign. Then they got into office, they never did it.”