Jerusalem mayor wants to name site near new embassy after Trump

JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A traffic island located next to the new American embassy in Jerusalem will be named in honor of the United States and President Donald Trump.

The area will be called “United States Square – in honor of President Donald Trump,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced on Tuesday.

“President Trump has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, to stand on the side of the truth, and to do the right thing,” Barkat said in a statement. “Naming this square in honor of the president is our way of showing our love and respect for the president and the American people, who always stand by the side of Israel.”

He also posted the announcement on Facebook.

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The embassy will be dedicated on May 14 in the presence of nearly 1,000 guests, including a delegation of about 250 American officials.

The square — which in photos appears to be a circle — will be formally dedicated after the embassy dedication, the Times of Israel reported.

ירושלים מחזירה אהבה לטראמפ!החלטנו שהכיכר הסמוכה לשגרירות החדשה בבירה תיקרא “כיכר ארצות הברית – לכבוד הנשיא דונלד טראמפ”.Thank you Mr. President!

Posted by ‎Nir Barkat – ניר ברקת‎ on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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