Efforts to have the conversion of the US consulate into an embassy completed by May 14th have hit a wall. Literally.
As part of the planned move, several security arrangements are required, including the paving of an escape route and the building of a 3.2-meter-tall wall around the perimeter of the compound. Despite building exemptions and political pressure, however, construction of the wall is unlikely to be finished on time.
According to Jerusalem Municipal Director General Amnon Merhav, there are no plans or blueprints from which to work. Additionally, funding for the wall has yet to be finalized.
This latest snag comes on the heels of a report that residents of the Arnona neighborhood submitted a petition to Israel’s High Court, attempting to prevent the move altogether.