JERUSALEM – The U.S. Embassy said Tuesday that the State Department has marketed that the ambassador’s official home near Tel Aviv — a choice that amuses the embassy’s contentious movement to Jerusalem.
In a statement, the embassy didn’t recognize the purchaser or disclose the selling price. But Israeli press had stated the northeast shore chemical at the upscale city of Herzliya had an asking price of more than 80 million.
“The purchaser was was chosen only on the grounds of having filed the highest and best deal. The chosen buyer and also the unsuccessful bidders are informed,” it stated.
The Trump government transferred the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, soon afterwards recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Ambassador David Friedman, a long-time supporter of Israel’s hard-line settler movement, played a major part at the embassy’s movement.
Most overseas delegations have their embassies in Tel Aviv because of Jerusalem’s contested standing.
Israel’s parliament, supreme court, president house and many ministries are headquartered in Jerusalem. However, the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem –that Israel seized in 1967 and after annexed into a move unrecognized by the majority of the global community — because the capital of a future nation.
The Democratic Party presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has predicted the Trump government’s determination to move the embassy”short-sighted and frivolous,” but he’s stated he wouldn’t transfer it back into Tel Aviv if elected president in November.