Road Signs pointing to US Embassy in Jerusalem goes up
Workmen installed the black and white signs, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, along roads leading to a US consulate building in south Jerusalem.
Signboards pointing the direction to the US consulate building in Jerusalem went up yesterday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.
The US consulate building in south Jerusalem will be remodeled as the embassy when it is formally relocated from Tel Aviv on May 14.
Trumps decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv has been controversial with other world powers sidestepping the issue.
Trump says he is making good on US legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades.
Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat wrote on Twitter, “This is not a dream. It is reality. I am proud and moved to have hung this morning the first new signs that were prepared for the US Embassy”.
The last round of peace talks on a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip collapsed in 2014. “This (embassy) move is not only illegal but will also thwart the achievement of a just and lasting peace between two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 borders, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security,” Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement.
At the consulate site, mechanical diggers cleared scrubland as workers posted embassy signs along city roads and hung US, Israeli and Jerusalem flags from street lights.
“By recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the seat of its government, we’re recognising reality,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Israel last week.
“I also stress, as President Trump has said in December, the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem remain subject to negotiations between the parties, and we remain committed to achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace that offers a brighter future for both Israel and the Palestinians.” Yesterday, Paraguay said it was planning to move its embassy from near Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 21 or 22.
In March, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said his country would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16.
The Palestinians want their own state with East Jerusalem as the capital.