[Ed. – As the article says, that’s the anniversary of Israel’s independence date — the 70th anniversary (which is downright biblical, as many readers will know) — and of the U.S. recognition of the nation of Israel. The State Department confirmed on Friday morning that the initial move is indeed planned for May.]
The U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem on May 14th — the day Israel declared its independence in 1948 and the day President Harry Truman recognized the state of Israel, Israeli officials told me. The White House isn’t commenting, but a U.S. official confirmed the plans.
The bottom line: That’s a lot sooner than expected. During his visit to Israel last month, Vice President Mike Pence said only that the embassy would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.
The details: According to Israeli officials, in the first phase an “interim embassy” will be opened at the consular annex in West Jerusalem that handles visas and passports. The office of the ambassador will move to the building, and Ambassador David Friedman will work from there with a small staff.
The consular annex will change its name to the U.S. embassy. The building, located in the Arnona neighborhood, will be an interim embassy and the permanent location of the embassy will be determined at a later stage.