Area where the U.S. Embassy could have been built. Note several parcels of land that are still undeveloped. The western parcel is on Israel’s side of the 1949 Armistice Line. The Israeli President’s House, Beit Hanatziv, is nearby on Hebron Road.
This map, below, identifies the location of land that was once earmarked for the U.S. Embassy.
In theory, there is land in Jerusalem set aside for a new U.S. Embassy. On President Ronald Reagan’s last day in office in [January] 1989, then-U.S. Ambassador to Israel William Brown signed a contract for a patch of land in West[ern] Jerusalem for $1 a year on a 99-year lease. This space [7 to 14 acres in the Talpiot neighborhood] was later zoned for “diplomatic purposes” by the Israeli government with the intention of building a U.S. Embassy there.
Although it was initially hoped during the 1990s that a U.S. Embassy could sit there, after the al-Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, new safety standards were put in place that require embassies to be set back 100 feet from any adjacent roads due to the risk of car bombs and other attacks. “With the new rules, that land is not big enough,” Shapiro said. For context, the space in Talpiot is seven to 14 acres, according to different sources, while the new U.S. Embassy in Lebanon sits on 43 acres.
From The Washington Post
By Adam Taylor | December 7, 2017
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Note, though, that the vacant western parcel lies entirely within pre-1967 Jerusalem. However, the new Consulate General Annex lies in what was no man’s land. The entire area on the maps was annexed by Israel into the City of Jerusalem shortly after the 1967 Six Day War.
The U.S. has had a consulate general in Jerusalem since 1844.