The United States of America has finally announced the date it would move its embassy to Jerusalem.
US said its embassy in Jerusalem would open in May 2018, to along with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence.
According to Aljezera, president Donald Trump’s administration officials told the Associated Press news agency that Congress would be notified of the move on Friday.
A ceremony is reportedly being planned for mid-May.
The announcement came early than the previous announced date by US Vice President.
US Vice President Mike Pence in late January said the embassy would open in 2019.
However, the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem prompted angry protests in Palestine and solidarity rallies across the world.
For Palestinians, May 15 marks Nakba Day, or the “catastrophe”, when they commemorate the mass displacement of Palestinians to make way for the state of Israel.
Between 1947 and 1949, at least 750,000 Palestinians, out of a population of 1.9 million, were expelled from or fled their homes in Palestine.
Israel Katz, Israeli intelligence minister, thanked Trump for the announcement.