US Republican mega-donor 'offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy'

US Republican mega-donor 'offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy'

The embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighbourhood in a building that now houses consular operations of US Consulate General Jerusalem, said the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement on Friday, Xinhua reported.

Palestinians are also against the date chosen for the embassy move - they call 14 May, on which Israel declared independence in 1948, Naqba - their "day of catastrophe".

President Donald Trump's administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor and Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. While speaking in the Israeli parliament last month, Vice President Mike Pence said the move of the embassy would take place by the end of 2019.

The rest of the embassy staff would remain at first in America's current facility in Tel Aviv.

Tillerson himself said the embassy move was "probably no earlier than three years out" in December.

"In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem".

NRA spox: 'Many in legacy media love mass shootings'
The NRA is a key sponsor of the conference, and until now largely quiet about the Parkland , Fl., high school shooting. Trump says he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill.

Both Israel and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their historic capital.

The initial embassy will be a temporary operation in a United States consular building in Jerusalem's Arnona neighbourhood, the official said, while Washington seeks a permanent location. The U.S. ambassador to Israel and a small team of embassy personnel will make the initial move. The embassy will be housed in a building that now contains a consular office, the State Department said.

The Trump administration is accelerating relocation plans of the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation immediately decried Washington's embassy announcement as a "provocation to all Arabs".

Trump administration officials told The Times of Israel that Congress was being notified of the decision Friday. "Don't do it. Don't do it, '" Trump said. The move broke with decades of U.S. foreign policy and inflamed tensions between the U.S., Israel and Palestinians.

Abu Rdainah said that the "only way to achieve peace, security and stability" was Abbas's proposal - outlined in his 20 February address to the United Nations Security Council in NY - that there should be an worldwide conference to kick-start the stalled peace process with Israel, including a "multilateral mechanism" to oversee it.

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