Jerusalem (QNN)- The occupation state of Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of a new US embassy in Jerusalem, which will be a permanent building, said the Israeli mayor of the occupied city.
“The U.S. Embassy has received a green light from the Jerusalem Municipality,” the city’s Mayor Moshe Lion announced.
Trump’s administration was the first to reverse the country’s position regarding Palestine and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem in May 2018. After the move, the US. Consulate in Jerusalem was upgraded and given the status of an embassy temporarily until a permanent embassy building could be built in the city.
On Monday, Lion and representatives from the Jerusalem municipality met with representatives from the US. embassy and State Department to discuss various issues that have come up in the planning process.
At the end of the meeting, Lion said that the municipality had given the Americans the green light to fast-track the planning process for the embassy’s permanent building.
Leon said in a statement that “within six months, we will start building the premises and God willing in few years we will be able to inaugurate the permanent building of United States embassy in the capital.”
The US embassy in Jerusalem is highly controversial.
Occupied by ‘Israel’ in 1967 and later annexed in a move that remains unrecognized by the international community, Jerusalem’s status has historically been left to negotiations between the occupation state and Palestine.
However, in December 2017, US President Donald Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, subsequently moving the embassy from Tel Aviv in May 2018.