Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

The Hill: Trump won't attend opening of new US Embassy in Jerusalem

US Prepares to Relocate Its Embassy to Jerusalem US Embassy Road Signs Go Up in Jerusalem Ahead of Next Week's Opening
Jay Anderson | 08 May, 2018, 02:05

In December, US President Donald Trump called Jerusalem the capital of Israel and launched the process to transfer his country's embassy to the city.

The United States will be sending a delegation comprised of some 300 dignitaries and officials, with rumors circulating that Trump may himself be in attendance.

Other members of the delegation include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish People and now, the world will begin to recognize this.

Trump has been coy as to whether or not he would attend the ceremony, and Monday's statement did not list him as an attendee indicating he will not make an appearance.

The first U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday.

The signs read in English, Hebrew, and Arabic and were put in place one week before the USA officially transfers its embassy to the city, Reuters reported Monday.




Earlier this week, Amnesty International UK also condemned the launch of the race right next to East Jerusalem al-Quds where Palestinians regularly face house demolitions, illegal settlement building and restrictions of movement.

Paraguay's embassy is now located near Tel Aviv.

Arab foreign ministers of Arab League member states had also called for global recognition of Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. "Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

According to the Guardian, police and Israeli Defense Forces have increased security sweeps and patrols in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood expected to house the temporary American embassy while construction is in progress.

Guatemala has already relocated its embassy to Jerusalem and will officially open the facility on May 16, in a ceremony that may be attended by President Jimmy Morales.

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