Problems w the US Embassy Move
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday March 28, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
The US is moving it's embassy to Jerusalem - that's a foregone conclusion, but even a healthy desire to make the change requires Herculean strength and great skill.
A consulate just can't become an embassy by tacking up a sign. US security procedures require a series of upgrades.
Before a US embassy compound can open, it requires a wall around the compound that is at least 8 feet high. It requires access roads with proper width and distance from the main gate. It requires anti truck ramming defense and a gate which will withstand a frontal assault. And finally the embassy requires alternative emergency exits including underground tunnels.
That all takes time to build.
In Israel in order to build any building with those requirements permits must be issued by the National Planning and Building Committee
That takes time. The Committee requires plans and the plans require approval.
Only 6 times in its history has the Committer fastracked approval. Each time the exception was predicated on saving a life or a situation of national crisis and importance.
Is moving the US embassy to Jerusalem an emergency? It is if you want it opened in time for the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence.
The Committee voted in favor of the exception.
A mini miracle.
There is still one other obstacle to be overcome. The former and now shuttered Diplomat Hotel sits within the expanded US compound. In the 1990's the hotel was converted into a facility to house new immigrants.
To this day some 450 new immigrants inhabit the facility. They must all relocated. If that happens before the 70th anniversary which will be celebrated on the 5th of Iyar, it will be another miracle.
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