View of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Israel has expedited construction permits to enable temporary quarters for the U.S. Embassy to open in occupied Jerusalem as planned in May, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.U.S. President Donald Trump in December broke with other world powers by recognizing occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcing the U.S. Embassy would be moved there from Tel Aviv.Israel has said the embassy will be opened on May 14, the 70th anniversary of the state's founding.The Israeli planning permit waiver for the embassy will be good for three years, the Finance Ministry statement said.Most countries do not recognize either side's sovereignty in Jerusalem and have embassies to Israel in the Tel Aviv area.
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