Jerusalem to Name City Square in Trump’s Honor

May 8, 2018 Updated: May 13, 2018    

The mayor of Jerusalem announced on May 8, that he intends to name a public square near the soon-to-be-opened American Embassy in honor of President Donald Trump, according to the Jerusalem Press Office.

Though many U.S. presidents promised to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, Trump was the first to keep his word. The embassy is scheduled to open on May 14.

Jerusalem plans to host an official event to celebrate the naming of the public square with American dignitaries. The site is located at the intersection of David Flusser Street and Kfar Etzion Street. The city’s naming committee greenlighted a new name for the square last year.

“This is the way in which Jerusalem returns love to the president and residents of the United States who stand by the state of Israel,” Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement. “President Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, stand on the side of historical truth, and do the right thing.”

On May 8, Trump sided with Israel instead of his European allies and withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Last week, Israel released voluminous evidence that Iran violated the deal. Jerusalem and Washington consider the Iranian regime the biggest obstacle to achieving lasting peace in the Middle East and defeating radical Islamic terrorism around the world.

“Jerusalem returns the love to Trump,” Barkat wrote on Facebook on May 8. “We have decided that the square adjacent to the embassy in the capital will be called ‘United States Square’—in honor of President Trump.”

The square is set to be officially unveiled after the embassy is opened, according to The Times of Israel.

On May 7, the White House announced the official delegation traveling to Jerusalem for the opening ceremony of the embassy.

This is the way in which Jerusalem returns love to the president and residents of the United States.
— Nir Barkat, mayor, Jerusalem

The team will be led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and includes Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Assistant to the President Jason D. Greenblatt will also attend.

The future home of the embassy is currently a consular building and is being retrofitted, according to The Guardian. Signs pointing to the embassy have already been installed in the vicinity. The embassy also changed its Twitter handle to “@usembassyjlm.”

Israel cheered when Trump announced his intention to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Israel considers the city its capital, yet countries all over the world choose to locate their embassies elsewhere to assuage Palestinians, who believe East Jerusalem can become the capital of their future state.

Trump became the first leader to announce the relocation of an embassy to Jerusalem. Since Trump’s announcement, at least 10 other countries announced their intention to move embassies to Jerusalem, according to The Times of Israel.

 

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