The controversial relocation of the United States’ Israel embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv officially takes place today. The inauguration ceremony starts at 4:00 pm local time (1300 GMT) and will include some 800 guests.

The new embassy will be initially located in a US consular building in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood while Washington searches for a permanent location.

Several conditions were laid out by US President Donald Trump’s administration in regards to the new embassy’s construction. One of several safety precautions demanded by the Trump administration included a 10 and a half meter high perimeter wall.

Image: Old US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Credits: Krokodyl).