Friday, 16 November, 2018

Indonesia strongly condemns U.S. plan to move embassy to Jerusalem in May

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian child with'Gas Bomb In head near Ramallah Indonesia strongly condemns U.S. plan to move embassy to Jerusalem in May
Melinda Barton | 01 March, 2018, 21:23

The U.S. State Department said on February 23 that the country is planning to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, earlier that what has been expected.

No other country has recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Trump's decision has sown discord between the United States and the European Union over Middle East peace efforts.

"President Trump's bold decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem this May, in honor of our seventieth Independence Day, is a testament to the unbreakable alliance and true friendship between the USA and Israel", said Danon.

The significantly accelerated time frame for the opening is meant to "coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

"President Trump, you are a great friend of the State of Israel and we all thank you". "Nearly the entire world has rejected this decision (of the US)".

"Of course I will personally thank President Trump, on your behalf and on behalf of the entire nation, for the historic decision to transfer the embassy for Israel's 70th birthday, and I think it deserves all our appreciation", the Prime Minister added. "The principal of the move is the important thing and not whether there is a new fancy building".

Trump said, "I promised to look at the world's challenges with fresh eyes". Former US president Barack Obama was "frustrated" with Israel's new settlements but Trump has taken a U-turn. The minister said the decision of shifting United States embassy will alter the status of Jerusalem. "They don't need the money of Adelson or anybody else". "But if it is privately funded, that would definitely take away from what must be a building bought and paid for by the U.S. government".

The most likely plan involves a phased approach to opening the embassy in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood at an existing USA facility that handles consular affairs like passports and visas. In the first stage, it will accommodate only the offices of US Ambassador David Friedman and a small staff.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said last month during his visit in Israel that the relocation would take place by the end of 2019.