US embassy gets approval for Jerusalem building plans

State Department officials agree on outline for permanent structure with Mayor Moshe Lion; construction expected to start within a year

A newly hung sign points to the US embassy in Jerusalem, inaugurated on May 14, 2018. (Ben Sales/JTA)
A newly hung sign points to the US embassy in Jerusalem, inaugurated on May 14, 2018. (Ben Sales/JTA)

The US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday received approval for its plans to build a permanent structure in the city.

Representatives from the US State Department met with Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion at the mayor’s office to discuss the move.

“We agreed on an outline for the establishment of a permanent building for the embassy here in Jerusalem,” Lion said. “In the near future we will announce the location of the structure, and within a few years will celebrate its inauguration together.”

Construction is expected to begin within a year, Channel 12 news reported.

There were reportedly disagreements between US officials and the Jerusalem municipality over public transportation and security concerns around the proposed site.

US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, 2017, and moved the embassy into the building formerly housing the US consulate in the Arnona neighborhood on May 14, 2018.

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