Road signs for the US Embassy in Jerusalem in preparation for its opening[/ltr]
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At least three road signs marked "The US Embassy" appeared in Jerusalem on Monday before the opening of the embassy next week in the city, Reuters reported.
The workers installed signs in English, Hebrew and Arabic near the US consulate in south Jerusalem, which will become the embassy after being officially transferred on May 14 from Tel Aviv.
US President Donald Trump announced on December 6, 2017, the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump described the move as a "very late step" to push forward the Middle East peace process and work towards a permanent agreement, while stressing that the United States supports a two-state solution if approved by Israelis and Palestinians.
Trump said from the White House that he sees this move in the interest of the United States and the quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Trump asked the State Department to begin preparations for the transfer of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Members of the United Nations General Assembly voted in the same month by a large majority in favor of a draft resolution urging the United States to withdraw Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
On February 23, the US State Department announced the start of "a ceremony to transfer the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by mid-May," coinciding with the anniversary of the Declaration of the State of Israel.
The US consulate is located in the al-Baqa'a district, in a demilitarized zone according to the armistice agreements, called the Haram area, which separates the city's natives.
According to US reports, the administration of President Donald Trump is considering an offer from wealthy Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to pay part of the costs of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.
But the Israeli army minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stressed that Israel will have to pay for the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
"There are no dinners, I hope this will not happen," Lieberman said in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 television. "But I think we have to be prepared to pay for this decision, especially as it is historic, very important and dramatic."
"The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem will cost us a heavy price, but that is worth it."