US Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May — in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary

By Eric Cortellessa, Times of Israel— The new US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence, two Trump administration officials said Friday. At first, the embassy will operate out of the US’s current consular premises in Arnona, south Jerusalem. The officials said Congress was…

Palestinians fume as US plan seeks to reduce PA presence in Jerusalem

By Israel Hayom— Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent tirade against U.S. President Donald Trump was prompted by a stipulation in Washington’s peace plan that seeks to reduce the role the PA plays in Jerusalem, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday. Relations between Washington and Ramallah have sunk to a new low following Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition…