Israel has expedited construction permits to enable temporary quarters for the US embassy to open in Yerushalayim as planned in May, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.
Israel has said the embassy will be opened on May 14, the 70th anniversary of its founding. An American official said it would be located at a provisional site in Yerushalayim that now houses a US consular section.
Building a permanent embassy could take several years.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said in a statement that he would empower the Yerushalayim municipality to waive the permits that would have been required for a wall and an escape route at the interim site.
“We will not allow needless bureaucracy to hold up the transfer of the American embassy to Yerushalayim , Israel‘s eternal capital,” Kahlon said.
“This is a strategic diplomatic move for the State of Israel and the planning agencies under me will do whatever is necessary to accommodate the schedule being demanded.”
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff