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WH: Recognition of Jerusalem Is Immediate, But Embassy Will Take Years

WH: Recognition of Jerusalem Is Immediate, But Embassy Will Take Years
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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 10:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

On Wednesday at 1 p.m., President Donald Trump will make history by formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In so doing, he fulfills a promise made by several presidents and presidential candidates over the years that never came to pass.

But in explaining the dramatic change of policy as a "recognition of reality," top White House officials told Newsmax on Tuesday that the opening of a new embassy in Jerusalem to replace the current U.S. offices in Tel Aviv could be as long as eight years from now.

"A practical impossibility" is how one administration official characterized the immediate opening of an embassy in Jerusalem. The same official added that the administration would soon begin formulating plans to "design, build, and fund" the proposed new embassy and that it would take several years to complete.

"Compare it to the situation with the U.S. embassy in London," the official explained, "We moved out of Grosvenor Square [where the embassy has been located since 1960] and it will have taken eight years before we moved into the new embassy in 2018."

Design of the new embassy in the Nine Elms area of the London Borough of Wandsworth began in 2010, ground was broken in 2013, and the new building is expected to be completed and dedicated in 2018.

Asked whether relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel would be a "deal breaker" with any of the Arab nations involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the same official replied that even after the announcement of the move, "all parties wish to remain in the peace process."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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