The U.S Embassy in Israel has changed its Twitter handle from U.S Embassy Tel Aviv to U.S Embassy Jerusalem. The change came exactly one week before the Embassy is set to officially move to Jerusalem on May 14th, the day after Jerusalem Day – the anniversary of Israel’s victory in the Six Day War and the unification of the city.
The embassy’s first Tweets under the new handle were a photo and video of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat taking part in the hanging of new street signs directing to the soon-to-be-embassy.
Barkat also posted the photo on his Facebook page, with a caption reading: “This is not a dream – it’s reality! This morning, I am proud and excited to install the first signs for the US embassy, which will open next week in Jerusalem. I thank President Trump for making this historic moment come to fruition. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people – and the world is beginning to recognize this fact. Happy Jerusalem Day!”
In a related development, it was reported that Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes will be visiting Israel before the end of the month in order to take part in the official transfer of the Paraguayan Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.
“Paraguay will open its embassy in Jerusalem until end of May!” Tweeted Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon, “President Cartes will open the embassy! Wonderful news as the international recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital gathers momentum. Gracias Paraguay por su amistad,” he added.
In the past, Cartes has voiced his intentions of moving the embassy to Jerusalem before the end of his tenure as President, which is set to end in just about three months.
Also, on May 16th the Guatemalan embassy is scheduled to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement was made by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at the recently held annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington DC.
“I would like to thank President Trump for leading this initiative,” said Morales, “His brave decision encouraged us to do the right thing.”
Shortly before Morales made the announcement, he met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the convention.
Netanyahu thanked Morales “for everything you’re doing, for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
Morales replied, “It is an honor and it is the right thing to do.”
The two leaders discussed deepening bilateral ties and cooperation and exchanged mutual invitations to visit their countries.
By: Yona Schnitzer