The Jerusalem Municipality’s Constructing and Planning committee authorised plans for a brand new US embassy constructing in Jerusalem on Wednesday.Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion referred to as it a “historic and thrilling second,” and that he thinks it is going to encourage different international locations to maneuver to the capital.“After two years, we’re thrilled the native planning committee lastly authorised it,” Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum stated. “We’ve been ready for a really, very very long time and we’re joyful it lastly handed.”The authorised plans embrace increasing the present embassy website in Arnona, in addition to the development of a brand new embassy on Derech Hebron. They may want further approval from a district council, but it surely’s anticipated to go simply.Particulars of the growth plan for the present US embassy within the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona, January 13, 2021. (Credit score: JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY)Particulars of the plans for the development of a brand new embassy on Derech Hebron, January 13, 2021. (Credit score: JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY)
The approval went by means of every week earlier than US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Although Biden has stated he wouldn’t transfer the US embassy again to Tel Aviv, a municipality supply expressed reassurance on the resolution being made earlier than the change of presidents.
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US President Donald Trump announced the embassy could be moved in 2017, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman moved his main workplace to the prevailing US consulate in Arnona the next yr.A department workplace remained in operation on the embassy’s earlier Tel Aviv website.The Trump administration additionally offered the Herzliya Pituah beachfront property that served because the ambassador’s residence, reportedly to philanthropist and Trump donor Sheldon Adelson, who handed away this week.Whereas the brand new compound is being constructed, the following ambassador might reside on the US property on Agron Avenue in Jerusalem, although it’s a lot smaller than the Herzliya home and doesn’t have the grounds for giant out of doors occasions. The US additionally retains a collection on the King David Resort.