New U.S. Embassy in Yerushalayim: A Stone Plaque and $400,000 in Renovations, for Now 

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For all the fanfare surrounding the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Yerushalayim this coming Monday, the move, including building modifications and additional security, cost under $400,000, a U.S. official said, the Washington Post reports. But the move is deeply symbolic, upending the decades-old U.S. policy of withholding recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until the final status of the city is worked out in a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.
The building, which currently provides U.S. consular services such as passport renewals for U.S. citizens and visa applications, was opened in 2010. The embassy in Tel Aviv has 850 staff members, and it won’t be until a new embassy is finished in seven to 10 years that a significant number of employees would move to the new location.
{Matzav.com Israel}

4 COMMENTS

  1. Its symbolic.

    7 to 10 years? Why does it take so long? With US/Israeli technology it should take 1 year to build and 1 month to move.

  2. I hope they start hiring Jews!When I was renewing my passport, the only workers I saw were all Arabs except for one American guy.Very uncomfortable to have Arabs in charge of security!!!

    • now imagine no state of Israel. and “Palestine” existing. would you still hold your antizionist views? you see no hypocrisy in your viewpoints regarding the state of israel?

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