The Trump Administration is speeding up its plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem، with plans to open the new diplomatic post in 2019، CBS News reported.
This is a change from what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Trump administration officials had previously said when they projected it would take three years or more to construct a new Embassy. The decision to accelerate plans was made in a Thursday meeting at the White House.
"The secretary will do this at the pace of security، not politics،" said Steve Goldstein، undersecretary of state for diplomacy and public affairs. "Our equity is in the safety and security of U.S. personnel."
In a Wednesday interview with Reuters، the president denied there was a plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy within a year. The question was prompted by earlier public comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu، who said he believed the U.S. Embassy would open within the year.