US weighs designating embassy in Jerusalem as early as 2019

The U.S Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel can be seen in this file photo.The Trump administration is considering a plan to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as early as next year. (Reuters)
Updated 19 January 2018
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US weighs designating embassy in Jerusalem as early as 2019

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is considering a plan to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as early as next year, rather than waiting for several years.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said previously that planning is under way for a new facility in Jerusalem that will take at least three years. In the meantime, three US officials say Tillerson may designate an existing US consular building in West Jerusalem as the interim embassy. The officials say Tillerson hasn’t made a decision.
The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the situation by name and demanded anonymity.
Two of the officials say Vice President Mike Pence is pushing the State Department to accept the proposal quickly so Pence can announce it while in Israel. Pence departs Friday for the Middle East.


Palestinian President Abbas hospitalized: Palestinian official

Updated 20 May 2018
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Palestinian President Abbas hospitalized: Palestinian official

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in the West Bank, a Palestinian official said on Saturday, providing no further details on his condition.
It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalized in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was released a few hours later and hospitalized briefly again on Friday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.