April 30, 2018 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm #1514031
What about traffic congestion?
What kind of things do people do at the Embassy anyway?
Do regular citizens conduct business at the Embassy? Where are the embassies of the other countries located in Israel?
Thank you 🙂May 1, 2018 6:20 am at 6:20 am #1514105
1. It is in an out-of-the way place so it will not be a problem. There are embassies in the middle of DC and that does not seem to present problems.
2. They do anything connected to diplomatic relations. It is also the base of the Ambassador.
3. Yes. They will do the same things that they now do a the Tel Aviv embassy (apply for passports and visas, record births of children, etc.).May 1, 2018 6:22 am at 6:22 am #1514116
Visa’s and Passport updates, among other things.
My american passport expired a while ago, if I want to update it I go there.
You know you can google “What does an embassy do?”May 1, 2018 10:27 am at 10:27 am #1514226
Lighbrite: most embassies in Israel are in Tel-Aviv
Kol HaKavod to President Trump for finally moving the embassy as so many presidents promised to do in their campaignMay 1, 2018 11:03 am at 11:03 am #1514310
Difference between consul and embassy? Wasn’t the tel Aviv only a consul? Is it being upgraded to embassy or is it just going to be combined with the Jerusalem location?May 1, 2018 11:33 am at 11:33 am #1514338
One of the few things Trump has done that I agree with. The fears of an Arab backlash were overstated and the Palestinians never had any intention of negotiation in good faith over the issue anyway.May 1, 2018 11:35 am at 11:35 am #1514339
The Building in Tel-Aviv was the Embassay not the consoluteMay 1, 2018 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #1514541
The Israeli embassy in D.C. is on Reno Road in upper NW part of the city and is literally surrounded by the embassies of 7 predominantly arab countries including Pakistan, Jordan, Bahrain etc. There are generally two secret service marked cars parked on the Van Ness Street side of the building but otherwise no other visible security presence outside. There has never been a major security breach although demonstrations occur with some regularity.May 2, 2018 7:21 am at 7:21 am #1514585
Also appointing defender of religious freedom Neil Gorsuch to SCOTUS. This could be very important for Orthodox Jews with Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission pending.May 2, 2018 7:21 am at 7:21 am #1514583
Dorah, what about releasing Rubashkin and steadfastly supporting Israel at the UN?May 2, 2018 7:22 am at 7:22 am #1514596
“Visa’s and Passport updates, among other things.
My american passport expired a while ago, if I want to update it I go there.”
shopping- why don’t you go to the consulate for that? you don’t need the embassy to renew passports.
the consulate has always been in Jerusalem.
i think the embassy is for the larger issues that come up between the countries and problems of citizens of than country to the country they reside in.May 2, 2018 9:03 am at 9:03 am #1514650
Malach-n o, the embassy that is located at the moment in Tel Aviv provides citzen’s services such as passport applications, report of birth or death, SS applications, etc, and visa applications for non-citizens who reside in Israel. In addition, there are consulates in Jersualem and Haifa, to serve the local populations there. The consulate in Jerusalem provides services for residents of Jerusalem and the West Bank only. So if Shopping does not live in those areas, she has to officially go to Tel Aviv, until they move the embassy to Jerusalem (although she can renew her adult passport by mail, then she doesn’t have to go anywhere).
I am wondering though if they will keep the Tel Aviv site active as a consulate, as a convenience to people who live in that area.May 2, 2018 9:48 am at 9:48 am #1514663
oh, i used the one in Jerusalem, didn’t know it is only for the area, thanks.May 2, 2018 10:18 am at 10:18 am #1514676
“The consulate in Jerusalem provides services for residents of Jerusalem and the West Bank only.”
Winnie, presumably you’re referring to Israeli non-Americans in that regard. (i.e. for Visas.) American citizens should be able to use the consulate in Jerusalem regardless of where they live. Indeed, American visitor don’t live in Israel altogether; but even if they do it shouldn’t matter which consulate they use.May 2, 2018 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm #1514935
Joseph-No, actually I am talking about Americans living in Israel- like me, not tourists. Go to the websites of the consulate and embassy citizens service and you will see them state clearly that the consulate is for residents of Jerusalem and West Bank. Remember, embassies are under the State Dept, which still prints place of birth as Jerusalem without listing Israel, even after Trump’s declaration. That’s why I believe that if you reside in what is recognized as Israel, you are sent to Tel Aviv (or Haifa), and if you reside if an area officially thought to be occupied, you are sent to Jerusalem. There are separate appointment scheduling systems for each. I have heard of residents of other areas try to go to the consulate, could be some got through and were serviced, but officially that is not the policy, and personally, considering the hassle and wait involved in an embassy/consulate visit, I wouldn’t risk being turned away for going to the wrong place. Tourists would just go to whatever is nearest if they had some problems during their visit. Having the embassy moved to Jerusalem changes things – and I would much rather go to Jerusalem then Tel Aviv; it’s a real pain getting to the site of the current embassy. Of course, the most convenient is when the embassy comes to you- which believe it or not, it does once a year in my town.May 4, 2018 6:24 am at 6:24 am #1516413
Just a note, if you search on the State Department’s website for embassy and consulates and you ask for it to show you what is in Israel, only the Tel Aviv location comes up. They have a separate line a few rows later for Jerusalem.May 13, 2018 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #1519923
um…so how much land is this lowly embassy going to cost Israel by the “negotiations”? Sure going to be a bargaining chip on their shoulder
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