American Embassy in Jerusalem to Expand
JNN News, August 6 2018
A subcommittee of the Jerusalem Municipality has approved plans to expand the American embassy in the city. According to the report, the expansion plan includes the addition of office space and the addition of service areas, and in effect includes changes that will expand the work area and activity of the embassy and thus allow more employees to operate from Jerusalem. Mayor Nir Barkat said that "this is another stage in establishing the status of the embassy in the capital of Israel, which will strengthen the connection between Israel and the USA and, in particular, provide a tailwind to President Trump's historic decision." President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and relocated the embassy to the city on 14 May 2018 - the date in 1948 on which the State of Israel was established. Guatemala and Paraguay followed suit and also relocated their embassies to the Israeli capi tal. The Czech Republic has likewise pledged to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. A report at the end of July 2018 indicated that Moldova will do so as well.