By BB Portnoy
Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump will announce on Monday the upcoming relocation of the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim, an unnamed source told a top Israeli political reporter today.
Channel 2’s Amit Segal cited a “local little birdie” as saying the announcement would be made on Monday morning Washington, DC time. However, Segal noted, “There is no confirmation of this.”
During his election campaign, Trump promised to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US Embassy accordingly. On Thursday — a day before Trump’s inauguration — then-incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters to “stay tuned” for an imminent announcement from the new administration about the potential embassy move.
After he was chosen in December to serve as Trump’s ambassador to the Jewish state, attorney David Friedman said, “I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the US Embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”
According to media reports, Friedman will live in an apartment he owns in Jerusalem’s Talbiyeh neighborhood, rather than move into the official ambassador’s residence in Herzliya.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was set to speak with Trump by telephone today. According to a statement made by Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem earlier in the day, the two will discuss “the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat.”
In a message sent to Trump on Friday congratulating him on his inauguration, Netanyahu said, “I look forward to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel and America stronger than ever.”
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