At least three “U.S. Embassy” road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission in the city, a Reuters witness said.
The signs, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, were installed by workmen close to the south Jerusalem location of a U.S. consulate building that will be repurposed as the embassy when it is officially relocated on May 14 from Tel Aviv.
“This is not a dream – it’s reality! This morning, I am proud and excited to install the first signs for the U.S. embassy, which will open next week in Jerusalem,” Mayor Nir Barkat posted on Facebook, adding “I thank President Trump for making this historic moment come to fruition.”
Street signs in Israel have sometimes fallen victim to political vandalism, with Jews erasing Arabic or Arabs the Hebrew. An Israeli police spokesman played down such prospects for the U.S. embassy signs.