U.S. Ambassador's residence during 4th of July celebrations
U.S. Ambassador's residence during a 4th of July celebration
Photo: U.S. Embassy
U.S. Ambassador's residence during a 4th of July celebration

U.S. sells ambassador's Herzilya home, two years after embassy move

Trump supporter Sheldon Adelson reported to have bought sprawling seaside compound in upscale area, with rumored asking price of $80 million; State Department says buyer 'selected solely on basis highest and best offer'

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Published: 09.09.20 , 13:19
The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem said Tuesday the State Department has sold the ambassador's official residence in the tony coastal city of Herzliya near Tel Aviv.
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  • In an announcement, the embassy did not identify the buyer or disclose the sale price. But Israeli media had said the sprawling seaside compound in the upscale town of Herzliya had an asking price of over $80 million.
    U.S. Ambassador's residence during 4th of July celebrations U.S. Ambassador's residence during 4th of July celebrations
    U.S. Ambassador's residence during a 4th of July celebration
    (Photo: U.S. Embassy)
    ''The buyer was was selected solely on the basis of having submitted the highest and best offer. The selected buyer and the unsuccessful bidders have been notified,'' it said.
    A report in the Israeli financial news outlet Globes identified the buyer as U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major supporter and financial backer of President Donald Trump. The report could not immediately be confirmed.
    The Trump administration moved the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, shortly after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    שגריר ארצות הברית דיוויד פרידמן בשיחת זום מהביתשגריר ארצות הברית דיוויד פרידמן בשיחת זום מהבית
    U.S. Ambassador David Friedman speaks a Zoom call from his Herzliya home
    (Photo: Screenshot)
    U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, a long-time supporter of the settlement movement, played a leading role in the embassy's move. The official residence is expected to be vacated in spring 2021, the embassy said.
    Most foreign delegations have their embassies in Tel Aviv because of Jerusalem's contested status.
    Sheldon and Miriam Adelson Sheldon and Miriam Adelson
    Sheldon and Miriam Adelson
    (Photo: AFP)
    The Knesset, Supreme Court, prime minister and presidential residences and most ministries are headquartered in Jerusalem. But the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - which Israel captured in 1967 and later annexed in a move unrecognized by most of the international community - as the capital of a future state.
    The Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has called the Trump administration's decision to move the embassy "short-sighted and frivolous," but he has said he would not move it back to Tel Aviv if elected president in November.

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