Israeli media is reporting the U.S. Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is imminent.
Israeli officials are reportedly expecting US President Donald Trump to make a landmark announcement in the coming days regarding the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognizing the highly-sensitive holy city as Israel’s capital, according to a local TV report on Wednesday.
The report comes just a day after Trump’s vice-president Mike Pence stated that the President was “actively considering” how and when to move the US embassy.
According to the Hadashot report, the move could take place as soon as Sunday and Trump is instructing officials to prepare for it.
The news comes just one day after Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the UN, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Israel's foundation as a country.
70 years ago we recognized the future of the Jewish people lay in a state they could call their own, & today @POTUS is working tirelessly to strengthen the historic friendship b/w the US & Israel. If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America STANDS w/ Israel pic.twitter.com/6OiAO0AHVq— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) November 28, 2017
President Trump promised to move the embassy on the campaign trail. Earlier this year, the White House officially postponed the decision to do so and did not indicate when a change would be made.
"While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance," the White House released in a June statement. "President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America's national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when."
No word from the White House yet about this latest development.