Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat helped install new signs to the US Embassy on Monday which point to the temporary site of the US Embassy scheduled to open May 14.
“This is not a dream – it’s reality! This morning, I installed the signs for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem!” Barkat said. “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people – and the world is beginning to recognize this fact! Thank you POTUS!”
Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people – and the world is beginning to recognize this fact!
— Mayor Nir Barkat (@NirBarkat) May 7, 2018
“Road signs that are a bland public amenity in other countries are hotly politicized in Israel, particularly in Jerusalem,” Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz of Breaking Israel News said. “Reuters reported that the signs frequently are the targets of vandalism with Jews spray-painting over the Arabic and Arabs spray-painting over the Hebrew. It is feared that the embassy signs will be the focus of vandalism by Arabs who object to Jerusalem being recognized as Israel’s capital.”
In December, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish People and of the modern State of Israel in a speech, and more recently US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said doing so was “recognizing reality.” Pompeo also said the boundaries remain subject to negotiations to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians; however, Palestinian officials have refused to meet US representatives, and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said the PA will not accept any US peace plan.