President Trump stunned the world in December with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Muslim world was enraged, and even more so when it was announced recently that the U.S. Embassy will move to Jerusalem in May.
Now, Israel has waived the permit requirements for the new embassy.
“I am thankful for the privilege of being the finance minister and the head of the National Council for Planning and Building who will oversee the relocation of the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Breaking Israel News reported.
There had been concerns about the need for a three-meter wall around the existing U.S. Consulate General site in south Jerusalem.
The site’s current zoning wouldn’t have allowed changes, leading Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to suggest the opening, now set for May 14, Israel’s 70th anniversary on the Gregorian calendar, could be delayed.