The U.S. will reportedly move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem much sooner than previously anticipated.
Last month, Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers that the move would occur by the end of 2019, but Israel's Channel 10 News reports that the date has been moved up to May 14, which marks the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence. The White House has yet to confirm the development, though Axios cited an anonymous U.S. official in its report.
Citing unnamed Israeli officials, Axios explains that the relocated embassy will first operate as an "interim embassy" at the U.S.'s consular annex in Jerusalem until the State Department decides on a new permanent location. Earlier Friday, The Associated Press reported that the State Department was considering paying for "some or all of the [new] embassy costs" via donations from Republican donors, including pro-Israel billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson.
The U.S. announced in December that it would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy to the contested city. Israeli lawmakers applauded the decision, but the announcement sparked immediate pushback from Arab states as Palestinians also lay claim to Jerusalem and say it should be their capital in a future state. Kelly O'Meara Morales
Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who was arrested at his high school last month for building a homemade clock that officials thought was a fake bomb, has received an offer he can't refuse, and is headed to Qatar along with his family.
The Mohamed family announced Tuesday they are relocating to Doha, where Ahmed will join the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development's Young Innovators Program. The foundation will pay for the 14-year-old's secondary and undergraduate education. "We are going to move to a place where my kids can study and learn and all of them being accepted by that country," his father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told the Dallas Morning News. He made his remarks as he boarded a plane back to Irving from Washington, D.C., where the family had been visiting the White House.
Ahmed's sister, Eyman Mohamed, said her borther will study at the Doha Academy, and once the family arrives in Qatar, they will choose schools for Eyman and her other siblings. The Mohameds said they are thankful for the messages of support and offers from people in the United States and around the world, but Ahmed's education was "central to our decision" to relocate. "Looking at all the great offers we've had, it's the best decision," Eyman Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News. "They even have Texas A&M at Qatar.... It's basically like America." Catherine Garcia