Trump broke with decades of policy in December to announce United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and a pledge to move the embassy, drawing near global condemnation, enraging the Palestinians and sparking days of unrest in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinians now contend that the USA, once the broker of such talks, has disqualified itself as a mediator by taking Israel's side.
"By the end of next year, we intend to open a new Embassy Jerusalem annex on the Arnona compound that will provide the Ambassador and his team with expanded interim office space", Nauert added. And Tillerson had said it could take years. "Any unilateral move will not give legitimacy to anyone and will be an obstacle to any effort to create peace in the region", said Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, who is in the United States until Saturday. Several former ambassadors to Israel say, in fact, peace has never been further away.
However, Israel's Independence Day, celebrated on May 14 by to the ancient lunar calendar, actually falls on April 19 this year, calling into question the veracity of the leak.
Adelson is a major contributor to the Republican Party, a loyal supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and owner of a popular tabloid in Israel.
The planned opening is meant to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence and would come earlier than administration officials had previously suggested, with Vice President Mike Pence saying in January the move would likely occur in 2019.
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The US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with generations of global consensus that the city's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump's Jerusalem decision was seen in part as a gesture to Adelson as well as to evangelical Christians, a key component of the president's base of political support.
The Palestine Liberation Organization decried Washington's decision as a "provocation to all Arabs". As part of the process, he said, the State Department needed to acquire a site, make construction and building plans, ensure necessary authorizations and then build the embassy itself.
Congress was told of the May opening date for the new embassy on Friday.
A ribbon-cutting is being planned for mid-May.
Trump's proclamation shocked the Palestinian leadership, which responded by rejecting the USA as a peace broker, a position it had held for years.