A Jerusalem Municipality committee approves plans to build the permanent US Embassy in the capital on Derech Hebron street, according to the city’s deputy mayor.
It also green-lights the expansion of the current US mission in the Arnona neighborhood.
The Jerusalem Municipal Building and Planning Committee has just approved the plans for the new #US Embassy which will be built on Derech Hebron in #Jerusalem. As well as the extension of the current temporary embassy in Arnona.
— פלר חסן נחום Fleur Hassan-Nahoum (@FleurHassanN) January 13, 2021
According to Kan news, the move has been expedited in light of Trump’s imminent departure from the White House. The outgoing president moved the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, in a major foreign policy move that went against decades of international consensus.
The quickened process appeared to be an attempt to further create facts on the ground that would make it harder for the upcoming administration of Joe Biden to reverse the move — though he isn’t believed to be planning to do so anyway.