The United States plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14, Steven Goldstein, undersecretary of State for public diplomacy said Friday. The date coincides with when Israel proclaimed independence in 1948. The embassy will be located in a building that houses the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem, in the Arnona neighborhood of the city, according a State Department statement. Consular operations will continue there, and U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, will work there with a small staff. A new embassy annex will open by the end of 2019 with more space for the ambassador and his team, while planning and construction for a permanent embassy in Jerusalem proceed, the statement said. (READ MORE)
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