Square Next To U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem Will Be Named After Trump

Mike Brest | Reporter

The square next to the soon-to-be American embassy in Jerusalem will be named after President Trump, according to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

This comes as a result of the president recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the American embassy there.

The United States will officially open its embassy in Jerusalem next Monday. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will lead the delegation and will be joined by Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman and the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

Neither the president nor Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance.

The president officially announced the United States would recognize the capital of Israel as Jerusalem instead of Tel Aviv back in December.

Then-candidate Trump first told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he intended on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital back in September of 2016.

Most foreign embassies are located in Tel Aviv instead of Jerusalem due to its disputed nature.

Israel was granted Western Jerusalem back in 1948 when the United Nations granted them statehood, and then they annexed the eastern half after the 1967 Six Day War.

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