Trump plans to attend the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem


President Donald Trump said on Friday he might travel to Israel next month to attend the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

The move has caused widespread anger from Palestinian after Trump gave order in that direction few months ago.

The move comes as result of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017 when the politician instructed the US State Department to launch the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem.

Trump's former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, announced last year that constructing a new embassy in Jerusalem would take years, and probably won't be done within Trump's first term in office. "I may go (to Jerusalem). very proud of it. Jerusalem has been a subject that's been promised for many years, as you know, the embassy in Jerusalem". "It's going to be handsome and it could be somewhat temporary", he said.

Trump added during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman pitched a plan thereafter that would cost just $150,000, and that the two eventually "settled" on a plan that will cost American taxpayers between $300,000 and $400,000.

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View of the US Consulate in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, February 24, 2018.

The Czech Republic and Romania have recently hinted that they will follow United States suit and move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Trump also said he had rejected a proposal to build the new embassy for $1 billion, noting it would be built for less than half a million dollars.

The president said he then called the USA ambassador in Israel, David Friedman, who said the cost of updating the consulate would only be $150,000.

"I had my name half signed, then I noticed the figure and I didn't". "We might have to build dozens of embassies, and we would need new land ready for that goal". They were going to spend Dollars 1 billion, and we're going to spend much less than a half a million. We have a building.