'There's No Free Lunch': Israeli Defense Chief on 'Price' of US Embassy Transfer
The opening day of the US Embassy in Jerusalem approaches; the relocation of the facility has provoked violence among the Palestinians and condemnation from throughout the Arab world; Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warns that the move “will come at a price.” However, it’s still unclear if Donald Trump is to attend the celebration on May 14.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, talking on Israel Television News Company, commented on the upcoming relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem with a looming warning.
“Nothing comes for free and the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will come at a price and it is worth paying it. We should be prepared to pay a price,” the official said.
He stressed that the relocation will be “historic, important and dramatic” move. The opening ceremony is scheduled for May 14th, when Israel will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Jewish State. May 15 is a day on which Palestinians commemorate those who were forced to flee their homes by the Israelis.
According to the Haaretz report, the US delegation to the upcoming opening will be led by Trump’s senior adviser, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the President’s daughter Ivanka, as well as by Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin. Trump revealed on April 27 during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angelar Merkel, that he still “may go.” He also took particular pride in cutting money costs for the move, as he replaced his initial proposal to devote $1 billion for a new embassy with a more moderate plan worth $400,000.
The Embassy will be located in a now consular facility in Jerusalem. At first, only US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and several staffers will work there. However, according to the State Department, the new permanent is yet to be found.