by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem issued an urgent warning Tuesday for American citizens visiting Israel ahead of an imminent announcement by Pres. Donald Trump that he intends to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a politically-fraught move that may cause tensions in the Middle East to erupt in violent protests against the United States and Israel.
In a “security message” posted on the consulate’s website, the U.S. government said it issued the Israel travel warning because of “widespread calls for demonstrations” beginning Wednesday in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
“We recommend that U.S. citizens take into consideration these restrictions and the additional guidance contained in the Department of State’s travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza when making decisions regarding their travel,” the one paragraph message said.
The State Department previously issued a travel warning for Israel on April 11, 2017. That advisory, which cautions that “the possibility of random violence continues to exist and can happen without warning,” is still in effect.
Pres. Trump is expected to make the announcement during a 1pm ET speech (WATCH live stream).